If people were told: what makes carnal desire imperious in you is not its carnal element. It is the fact that you put into it the essential part of yourselves — the need for Unity, the need for God. — They wouldn’t believe it. To them it seems obvious that this quality of imperious need belongs to carnal desire as such. In the same way it seems obvious to the miser that the quality of desirability belongs to gold as such, and not to its exchange value.