Siddhārtha Gautama was a con-artist who enticed others to follow a path that only led back to the same place: the truth of existence. Let's face it, he was a prince who struggled with the realities of life. Searching for an answer, he finally came to terms with it. What a waste of time...or maybe not. Anyway, it's a long journey to take towards the realization that things are just the way they are, regardless of how we think they should be. I could never follow the "Eightfold Path;" therefore, I guess I'm doomed to walk this Earth for eternity, playing out my Karmic role forever, or so the story goes. As for the Four Noble Truths, I can see where desires might be problematic, but they are not the source of all our woes. For many they are a source of great hope and the motivator to move forward. So, that's my take on the subject. I could be wrong, but I'm probably right.