Wrong, I was using “desire” in its emotional sense, that the less knowledgeable seem to almost get a joy from judging others. I’m guessing that their unconscious reasoning goes something like this: The people around me and my job seem to point to the fact that I’m inadequate, and I don’t like to feel inadequate, so if I can put down (judge) other people, I can see that they are worse than me so I’m not as inadequate as I thought.
I think what George was talking about is that he knows that people (all of us) do what we do because of the natural contingencies that determine what we do. (Sorry if I am mis-speaking for you, George). Similarly, I think that we all do what our natural and environmental and historical contingencies determine that we do. So, for example, knowing that, I (theoretically) shouldn’t judge Carl Rove for being such a conniving bastard. (But I do anyway.)