What Do You Desire | A Reflection on Alan Watts

Alan Watts: What do you desire? from Omer K. F. on Vimeo.

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.

Imagine a world without money, a world without the societal pressure to make money, just so you can that spend money and keep doing so in a cyclical pattern until you are no more.  As a child we are allowed to dream up fantastical futures for ourselves and our parents and teachers often tell us that we can become anything we want as long as we put our mind to it. Somewhere, along the journey into adulthood (or reality as some call it because childhood isn’t real?) we seemingly become afraid of risks and uncertainty and latch on to chasing the status quo thinking that this is what will make us happy, what will make us feel fulfilled at the end of the day.

About 7 years ago I decided that this was not the path I wanted to follow.  I couldn’t agree with Watts more when he says,

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 your children to follow in the same track.”

I decided that I have a desire to LIVE; not just to breathe, eat, sleep, and walk, but to actually embrace this world and everything it has to offer. To experience by doing; to challenge myself beyond my self-imposed limitations; to have meaningful human interactions that help me and those I’m interacting with grow, and to expose myself to environments and situations that I would never be exposed to had I never left to comfort of my childhood surroundings.  As a teacher I feel I have an obligation to help expand my students horizons outside of our classroom and create an atmosphere of self discovery and growth that will allow them to truly discover what it is they desire and to go after it.

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