What if money was no object? – Alan Watts
Here were some parts that stood out to me. What about you?
What do you desire?
What makes you itch?
What sort of a situation would you like?
“Well, we’re getting out of college and we haven’t the faintest idea of what to do.”
So I always ask the question, what would you do if money were no object?
How would you really enjoy spending your life?
It’s so amazing, as a result of our kind of education, crowds of students say:
“We’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everyone knows, you can’t make any money that way.”
Let’s go through with it, what do you want to do? When we finally got down to it, when the individual says what he really wants to do, I say,
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.
It is absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on spending things you don’t like, and doing things you don’t like, and to teach your children to follow in the same track.
What we’re doing is we’re bringing up children and educating them to live the same sort of lives we’re living, in order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children, to bring up their children to to the same thing.
So its all wretch and no vomit.