Thursday, January 3, 2013

Alan Watts on What If Money Was No Object?

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I stumbled upon a YouTube clip of a lecture by 20th century British-born  philosopher and writer of Eastern philosophy, Alan Watts  about what's your purpose in life, or as he posed the question: what would you do if money was no object? Listen to this fascinating excerpt of his lecture:

And as we're starting a New Year, ponder for yourself over the question Watts raises:

 “..........What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?................When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do. I will say to him, “you do that, and forget the money. Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid! Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way................ And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question. “What do I desire?” 
Read also Alan Watt's classic:
The Way of Zen

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