Alternative titles #1: It’s better to want something and not have it than need something and not get it.

(suggested by Cliff)

Well, I suppose it is – simply because needing something is a more powerful urge than wanting something, right?

Let’s have a real life for-instance. As of right now, I want a beer, but I need a night off the booze. So, clearly, it would be better to deny myself the beer. (Whether I do or I don’t is quite another matter, obviously.)

Then again, let’s imagine that it was a Friday night instead of a Monday night. On a Friday night, as we all know, sobriety ceases to be a relevant consideration – meaning that I could crack on and enjoy the beer, without fretting about petty matters such as my long-term physical well-being. This is clearly the superior situation.

So, if I might be permitted to upgrade the original premise: it’s better to have and don’t need, than need and don’t have.

This philosophy lark’s a doddle, innit?

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