I remember myself having a boring office job who wakes up every morning, work, go home, prepare my work for next day, eat, sleep, and repeat. I had a good salary, a nice car and a decent apartment...but I am not happy. So I quit my job, sold everything, and do what I really wanna do which is to travel. It's been 5 years now, having been to over 30 countries mostly by hitchhiking, couchsurfing and camping, earns just enough money from taking pictures to keep me going, my only regret is I should've done this earlier and didn't waste so much time in the office :)) Writing this comment from the bottom of Himalayas.
CJ Schlotman| 7 months ago
It seems to me that the persons bashing this bit of philosophy are using the argument that you need extrinsic recognition (i.e. fame and fortune) from whatever you want to do. What Mr. Watts is talking about is intrinsic fulfillment (i.e. sense of self satisfaction/actualization). Basically he's asking the question, what do you love to do, and why do you want to do it. Take, for instance, music. Now, a young adult might say, "I want to be a musician." What that person means in almost all cases is that they wish to be a famous musician, and gain all the notoriety, wealth, and perceived, but false, sense of freedom that goes along with it. Being a young adult myself, I can tell you that we (Americans) are very selfish and materialistic when we are young; myself being no exception. What Mr. Watts is saying is find something that let's you work with what makes you happy. So if you wanted be come a musician, perhaps try becoming a music teacher, or a luthier, or sound recording engineer, or perhaps a studio musician. Another realization that many young adults come to, usually abruptly and unwelcome, is that every job has bad moments. A job is, regardless of how much one might enjoy it, simply solving another person's problems. Any job can be broken down this way. A teacher: How do we educate our children? A doctor: How do we treat this patient? A TV producer: What do we produce that people will love and watch? Now, when we work at a job specifically for money, we use it a crutch and an excuse. The job becomes about making the money, which can lead to happiness. Having a lot of money will get you far in this world, that is true. But, from my own experience, and experiences of others who have many, many years on me, you leave behind satisfaction and fulfillment. Another problem, which Mr. Watts doesn't mention, is that we must all do things we don't want to to achieve outcomes that we desire. Don't take that to mean all unpleasant actions taken to achieve a goal should be unsavory. A lack of patience and general laziness is really the root of the problem here. Many people want the instant gratification of cash now, and lots of it. The reasons may be completely logical and rational; bills for example. But smart investing and budgeting earlier up the line could have helped cover those bills. Before I descend from my soapbox, i will say this. Do what makes you happy. If making lots of money is what makes you truly happy, then pick a job that applies. But if you stop to complain about your job, and nothing good comes to mind as to why you should stay other than 'they pay well', you're not happy.
Abraham Figueroa| 1 week ago
Logic-The Incredible True Story
Harry Barker| 6 days ago
Alan Watts and Noam Chomsky are my heroes.
Steven Diahy| 7 months ago
Anyone hating in the comments is stuck doing something they dont like
AngryOscillator| 2 months ago
Its amasing how many people get the wrong end of the stick. He's not saying money is no object. He's saying IF it wasn't what would you being doing? Now, lets put money back into the equation and work out how to make it happen; what avenues in life would provide you with that which you desire. I wish to be sat in a warm field, with good company and good music with the freedom to leave when I wish. And so I've spent the last 5 years working shit jobs and polishing my skills. You don't get something for nothing, I'm sacrificing this time now in exchange for the future I wish to inhabit. Balance must - and will - always be maintained, but perhaps to the instant that is measured upon a somewhat different scale to that which we know. We have always bartered, we have always had exchanges of goods or service. Very few people have ever had the fortitude to take FULL responsibility for their lives (the food, the shelter, the water). Money is just a renewing promise. In itself there is no harm, its the worship and obsession with money that is damaging, as obsession so often is. A tool is a tool. The greatest enemy here is not money but your own fear to take responsibility.
Aaron Wes| 8 months ago
Mankind can never live together in peace and harmony until we WAKE UP to the truth of life.The Truth is essential to our survival as a species. Google up: The Truth Contest
Peter Fond| 2 months ago
id watch tv all day on the couch eating bon bons im not kidding
Dragoon Z| 2 months ago (edited)
we always been neutral or in a enlightment mindset since we were a very young kid but got brainwashed by our surroundings, media, environment, and society influences around us.