Alan Watts – What If Money Was No Object

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What Do You Desire

What makes you itch. What sort of a situation would you like. Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say well we’re getting out of college and we have
the faintest idea what we want to do so I always ask the question what would you like to do if money were no object what would how would you really enjoy spending your life well it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system crowds of students say well we’d like to be painters we’d like to be poets we’d like to be writers but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way or another person says well I’d like to live in out of doors life and ride horses I said he want to teach in a riding school let’s go through with it what do you want to do 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’ll 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 after all if you do really like what you’re doing it doesn’t matter what it is you can eventually turn it you could eventually become a master on it’s the only way to become a master of something we really and then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is so we don’t don’t worry too much that’s everybody’s somebody’s interested in everything and anything you could be interested in you will find others but it’s absolutely
stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on spending things you don’t like doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track see what we’re doing is we’re bringing up children there you came to live the same sort of lives we living in order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing so it’s all retching no vomit it never gets there and so therefore it’s so important consider this question:

“what do I desire?”

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