Alan Watts

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Born Wednesday 6 January 1915, died Friday 16 November 1973

Occupation: Philosopher

Nationality: English

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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!

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Source: https://youtu.be/_LXiSPpfM54?t=231

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A lot of people are in business to make money instead of wealth. When they make the money they don't know what to do with it.

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Source: https://youtu.be/_LXiSPpfM54?t=203

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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.

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Source: https://youtu.be/_LXiSPpfM54?t=175

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The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

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The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

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You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.

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What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.

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We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

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The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.

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So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.

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Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.

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Saints need sinners.

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Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

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No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

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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.

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Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

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You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

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The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

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The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens.

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The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.

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