Needs only exist within the context of a desire.
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The most common referenced definitions of needs are listed as things necessary to survival (food, water, etc.). However, survival itself is not a requirement; it is a desire. Even if somehow, one's survival was necessary for the existence as something as massive as the entire universe, the survival of the person would become a need, yes, but the need would only exist because of the desire to keep the universe in existence.
Just because needs can exist within desires doesn't mean they only exist within them.
Needs such as food water and shelter are necessary even for those suffering from anorexia nervosa with no desire for it whatsoever.
Additionally are people who suffer from Binge eating disorder (BED) which essentially means they always feel as if they are starving despite actually needing to reduce their diet.
People suffering from BED will overeat because of an overwhelming desire to eat. However, they do not need to reduce their diet. It would beneficial to their health, sure, but being healthy is not a requirement. People only perceive that to be the case due to their desire for people to be generally health.
Very clever twist on things until you realise that the need to be healthy originates in science and survival of the fittest as opposed to desire.
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Vote Placed by PurpleDrink 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con really couldn't win. You have to define need separate and independent from desire by accepting refutable absolutes like religious law as premises. But he accepted, so here's my vote.
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