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Bertrand Russell, at his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, pointed out that all human activity is prompted by desire. If you want to know what man will do, you must know the whole system of their desires with their relative strengths.
Humans have some infinite desires, which can never be fully gratified. The four endless desires are acquisitiveness, rivalry, vanity, and love of power.
Power is insatiable: the vice of energetic men and the strongest drive in the lives of important men. The more power is experienced, the greater the love of power.
In an autocratic regime, the holders of power become more tyrannical when they experience the delights that power brings. The man who moves from the love of power is more willing to inflict pain than to permit pleasure.
The desire to escape from boredom is very powerful to almost all human beings.
But a great deal of modern work is sedentary so we most find other means to use our physical energy that produces love of excitement. And nothing is more exciting than a moment of sudden discovery or invention.
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