Born Wednesday 6 January 1915, died Friday 16 November 1973
Now what is our personality? Our personality is what we call our image, our image of ourselves, and also our thought about ourselves, our idea of ourselves, this is the person. In other words, what people meet and understand, and what I understand as Alan Watts, is big act which is really not me; because in the image of Alan Watts there are not all my unconscious processes, both psychological and physical . The construction of my brain is not contained in the concept Alan Watts, and the concept Alan Watts does not contain the inseparable relationships which I have with all the rest of the Universe; and therefore that concept is a fraud!
Now as far I can see, the basic mistake is that we've invented this wonderful system of language and calculation, and that it is at once too simple to deal with the complexity of the World, and also we are liable to confuse that system of symbols with the World itself just as we confuse say, money with wealth.
The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.