In a forest full of thorns, it is impossible to walk barefoot without getting injured. One can do so if the whole forest is covered with leather, or if one’s own feet are protected with leather shoes. It is impossible to cover the whole forest with leather, so it is wiser to protect one’s feet with shoes.
Similarly in this world man is troubled by innumerable wants and desires, and there are only two possible ways of escape from them, viz., either to have all those wants satisfied, or to give up all of them.
But it is impossible to satisfy all human wants; for with every attempt to satisfy them, new wants arise. So it is wiser to decrease one’s wants by contentment and the knowledge of Truth.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa