In short, if you lack belief, you want belief. It may have little to do with a ‘felt urge’ – which is has infiltrated the modern meaning of ‘want’.

lack is an interesting word. Lack and want are fundamentally the same.

Lack of belief = want of belief (older meaning) which feeds into newer meaning of “want of belief”.

In short, if you lack belief, you want belief. It may have little to do with a ‘felt urge’ – which is has infiltrated the modern meaning of ‘want’.

Still, the root of “lack” is there. I love how words change over time yet retain much as well.

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