In examining the octave of desire, we can understand that there are levels of desire that arise according to the inherent nature of the notes in the enneagram. That is to say, there is not one kind of desire; desire has levels, like all other forces.
And, really, it is the perfect word to describe where we are, where we find ourselves, on the octave of desire. This penetrating observation touches deeply on the Buddhist point of view of man's weaknesses, our grasping nature. But the diagram allows us to position it quite precisely in the development of an inner octave.
Gurdjieff’s statement about a man needing to have his non-desires prevail over his desires relates to this question. Perhaps the wisest of desires extinguish themselves voluntarily?