Originally posted by JS357
Eliminating one's cravings acknowledges and responds to a craving for things to be different, it only means turning the focus of change inward. Because you are real, this is an alteration of reality. We can't get away from it!😉
The ultimate path is not craving for an ulterior motive of change.
It involves freeing oneself from any form of craving, hence trying to rid of internal suffering (or unwanton desires). That in itself makes cause for having no effect upon next persons as ineffective, and therefore a freedom from toils and suffering. That achieved, then others can have insight into viewing what they currently have, suffer from with regard to wants, and encourages them to accept unwanting and therefore suffering from those desires.
Acceptance of what one is/has in basic form of humanity is the aim..... the self structure and keeping all of that: the mind, body and soul: free from unfiltered desires and wants. It is the momentum of maintaining that, that is the cycle of proposed re-birth into a new passage of life, on a daily basis (re-birth being momentarily, and not the doctrine of the next life as perceived by many/most).
Escaping from a dependant world of existence, dominated by desires for such and such is not the true Buddhist's intent. It is to get to a point of not even recognising desires and to be mentally/physically free of them, existing primarily as an independent entity but all being within the human domain in that, that is the goal.
It is still not accepting the current status, as is, or modifying the status to suit.
There is only one status, and that is to be transient and move onwards from that status to the unknown by most - the free of mind state and ownership of dependency or desires. That is a progression monks, and many alike, achieve.
You can get away from the reality of desire, and if met can also be a non-part of reality. Simply existing as one, secluded, desire free is that status. It is observers who see the reality that they see - not the holder of the enlightenment.