chapter  1
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All men by nature desire to know

My answer is that this quote has everything to do with what is specifically theological about desire: that desire is for the infinite. The meta-narrative of this quote is implacably theological. It is a sentence without an object. It foretells of a desire that cannot be satiated. It bespeaks what it means to be human, imperfect, and mortal. One may argue, perhaps, that if human beings are curious by nature, then they are curious in the interest of nature itself, that human beings live and die to nurture nature, as means to a senseless cyclical end. But then, one would think that this senselessness of nature would sabotage itself, one would think that

this disappointing answer to the question “why are human beings by nature curious?” would even curtail the desire to survive. Sometimes it does.