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Sinnsuche mit Alan Watts: What do you desire?

Wenn ich in der täglichen Hektik wieder einmal stehenbleibe und meinen Weg als Einbahnstraße zu erkennen glaube schwirrt mein Kopf voller Sinnes- und Lebensfragen. Was will ich? Was ist meine Bestimmung? Was ist mein Sinn?

Dann höre ich Alan Watts zu.

Seine Einstellung zum Leben und dem großen Ganzen ist so einfach und dennoch so erleuchtend logisch, so dass ich mich wundere warum ich nicht selbst darauf gekommen bin.

Alan Watts war ein englischer Religionsphilosoph, Priester und Schriftsteller der Postmoderne, der einen Großteil seines Lebens in den USA verbrachte. Nach seinem Austritt aus der Kirche hielt er vermehrt Vorträge über Zen Buddhismus, Hinduismus, und Taoisimus.

Er glaubte, dass sich die westlich-christliche Kultur in eine Richtung entwickelte, die der menschlichen Natur nun entgegensteht und somit das Wesen des Menschen unterdrückt und ihn statt zu lehren vom naturbezogenen Weltbild entfremdet: Nämlich sein wahre Wesen erkennen und im Hier und Jetzt zu leben.

 

 

What do you desire?

What makes you itch?

What sort of a situation would you like?

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 a 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. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to 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 than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it.

And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much. That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will.

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 in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lifes we are living.

In order that 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?

 

(Alan Wilson Watts I 6.1.1915 – 16 .11.1973)

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