Based on the daily writing prompts on Twitter, I write very short stories (#vss365) about the Captain, First Mate and Deckhand in every-day situations.
Broken furniture, torn maps: the cabin looked like a warzone.
“Y’know,” said the First Mate as he helped their bruised and flumoxed Captain to his feet, “I’d have thought that by now, you’d know that when the Deckhand needs something, it’s not a request.”
In daily conversation, we use the words “want”, “need” and “desire” interchangeably, but to your brains, there is a distinct difference.
What your First Mate wants is a wish, a desire, a “wouldn’t it be great if”. But it’s not a necessity for immediate survival.
What your Deckhand wants, is not a desire but a need. A necessity that must be met for the sake of your safety.
Where it gets confusing is when your First Mate desires something so much that your Deckhand takes that thing to be a vital need.
Do you NEED those fancy shoes or that second cookie in order to survive? Probably not, as your rational Captain will point out. But when the desire is strong enough, it becomes a need, and your Deckhand will defend and claim that need, tooth and claw!