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What If Money Didn’t Matter By Alan Watts
Another thought provoking video where Alan Watts asks us what would we do if money didn’t matter. So, what if money didn’t matter?
What about our lives would be different?
What goals would we reach for?
What kind of person would we strive to become?
Of course, money matters and money is important. Of course, money needs to be earned and spent responsibly. If not, we suffer.
But maybe the better question is, what if money wasn’t that determining factor (as it is for some many people)?
What if we were able to earn money from our passions or our service? What if we knew we could? What if we did? What would be different?
What If Money Didn’t Matter
“What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of the situation would you like? Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students: they come to me and say well, we are getting out of college and we haven’t 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? How would you really enjoy spending your life? Well, it’s so amazing as the 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! Another person says ‘Well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses.’ I said, ‘You wanna 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 then 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 lives 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?”
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