Level 2: Priorities

What is your most General Desire? This question is asking you about your priorities. When you identify your priorities, you’re identifying your values. You are focusing on what is of prime concern to you. 

It’s important that you know what this is because it is the overall measurement of your success in all of your more Specific Desire Obtainment Processes. If when you obtain your Specific Desire it brings you closer to your General, then you know you’re on the right track. If it causes you to deviate from your priorities, then you need to stop and reevaluate your Specific Desire. 

What I Think (spoiler alert)
In all of my studies and experiences, I have identified Joy as my most General Desire. That’s my priority. It is how I measure the success of all of my Specific Desire Obtainment Processes. I have also examined a few other more General Desires to see if they are more or less General than Joy:

Knowledge 
Relationships 
Life 
Health 

Knowledge
I have concluded that knowledge alone isn’t valuable. When we know something, we want to use it or share it in order to obtain something greater. What is that greater Desire? When I use or share the knowledge I have obtained to do something or create something, I am doing it to obtain a Specific Result that I believe will bring me or others greater Joy. 

Relationships 
I believe relationships are what create Joy. If we’re experiencing Joy, it is because of a relationship. Joy is the product of our Process and another person’s Process, which we experience as an Effect. Our Process is the other person’s Effect and vice versa. If the Processes and Effects between two or more people are desirable and are maintained at a frequency that satisfies each person, then we experience Joy. Sustainable Joy is the product of a relationship like this. That means we can experience Joy with another person in a short term relationship. It may or may not last. Sustainable Joy is continuous attraction between two or more people because each is completely satisfied with the intensity of the exchange of Processes and Effects in the relationship. 

The word relationship is not a synonym for Joy because it’s possible for a relationship to be unfulfilling or even conflicting, regardless of the duration. Consequently, I don’t claim relationship as my most General Desire. 

Life 
Many people believe that life alone is the most General Desire. But I don’t agree. Living is not necessarily desirable if our life is overflowing with adversity. Most who have experienced such extreme levels of adversity would agree that death would be better even if their values prevent them from giving up. So I don’t believe it is accurate to say that our overall goal is to sustain our lives. If we do not obtain Joy in our lives, it is not enough. 

Health 
Health is very closely related to life. It describes a life without the adversity of extreme and continuous physical pain or illness. When our bodies are healthy, they are balanced. But I do not think our most General Desire is Health. Having a healthy body contributes to our Joy. However, we can be happy even when we experience physical forms of adversity. I have concluded that health is our most General Physical Desire but is slightly more Specific than Joy, which is Spiritual Health. 

We do all we can to take care of our bodies so they are healthy. But we know that there are many factors that cause physical adversity that are outside of our control. I believe our most General Desire is completely within our control because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Our Savior is someone with whom we can develop and sustain a desirable Process/Effect relationship. We can establish Sustainable Joy with him. That is his promise. Thus regardless of the agency of others or any physical factors outside of our control, if we have developed a relationship with our Redeemer, we can obtain Sustainable Joy. 

General vs. Specific Desires
The goal of Level 2 is to identify your most General Desire, Cause, Process, Effects, and Results (D X CPER) and differentiate them from your Specific D X CPER that you wrote down for your answers in Level 1. Once you identify your priorities, you have a highly accurate standard by which to measure your Specific D X CPER.

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