Alan Watts (1915-1973) war ein Philosoph, Schriftsteller und Dozent. Der gebürtige Engländer schrieb zahlreiche Bücher und Artikel zu Themen wie persönliche Identität, dem Streben nach Glück und über Lehren aus östlichen und westlichen Religionen und Philosophien. Das folgende Video, What do I desire?, bzw. der Text darin, so zumindest mein Eindruck nach einem ersten Streifzug zu Alan Watts im Netz, wurde in der Vergangenheit bestimmt schon x-fach weitergereicht, aber erst kürzlich bis zu mir.
„[…] So I always ask the question: What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? […] 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 are doing – it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way of becoming the master of something, to be really with it. And then you will be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much, somebody is interested in everything. Anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others who are.
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 the same track. See, what we are doing is we are bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lifes we are living. In order 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 retch and no vomit – it never gets there! And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question: What do I desire?„