Cold desire is the most profound self-inflicted limitation to self-made decisions that do not always thrive on fear, even though it sometimes does. A cold desire, according to SOPDAM is a desire that is not triggered and developed; it is not a type of desire, it only describes the intensity of desire. The opposite of it is hot desire.
Having desires without any external factor to trigger them, and no intentional efforts made towards their development into hot desires leaves them cold, sometimes ice-cold, and inactive. It is equivalent to a lack of desires even though this affliction is totally different from it. Lack of desire means that the desire is not there at all, but a cold desire is different.
Cold desire is like an axe kept on the floor of a house where water drops on it for years without anyone making use of it; as time goes on, it will rot and become blunt. This is the same with desire; it needs to be intensified (developed or sharpened) to move on closer to its objects. While the cause of a cold desire can be traced to any of the types of fear, the environment in which one lives causes one’s desire to become cold.
Take, for instance, I grew up in the village when and where there was no internet; and even though I had the desire for greatness, I was limited to what I could see and the desire was dying as time went on.
However, traveling to Lagos during holidays intensified my desire for greatness; my exposure to Lagos “the bridges, the billboards, big houses, the street lights, intensified my desire to leave the village and I did.
Leaving the village was the first and the most important step to achieving the objects of my desire for greatness. If I had no chance to see the world from another perspective traveling to Lagos, my desire for greatness would have died without being noticed.
I would have ended my life in misery and poverty not because I lacked the desire for greatness, but because I lived in an environment that left my desire ice-cold.
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