The meaning of being alive is just being alive.

Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: American

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In the Garden of Eden, Adam saw the animals before he named them: in the traditional system, children named the animals before they saw them.

Human experience is determined as much by the nature of the mind and the structure of its senses as by the external objects whose presence the mind reveals.

Here is the vicious circle: if you feel separate from your organic life, you feel driven to survive; survival -going on living- thus becomes a duty and also a drag because you are not fully with it; because it does not quite come up to expectations, you continue to hope that it will, to crave for more time, to feel driven all the more to go on.

Your body does not eliminate poisons by knowing their names. To try to control fear or depression or boredom by calling them names is to resort to superstition of trust in curses and invocations. It is so easy to see why this does not work. Obviously, we try to know, name, and define fear in order to make it objective, that is, separate from I.

If the earth is man's extended body, to be loved and respected as one's own body, those who do no greening of themselves will hardly bring about the greening of America.

People try to accept themselves in order to be different, and try to surrender themselves in order to have more self-respect in their own eyes—or.

Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

The human organism has the same kind of innate intelligence as the ecosystems of nature, and the wisdom of the nerves and senses must be watched with patience and respect.

The future is unknown. Prophecy contaminates it with the past, which is why liberated people do not bother with fortunetelling or astrology, and why the happy traveler wanders and does not let himself be the slave of maps, guidebooks, and schedules, using them but not being used by them.

A contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness.

I have always been fascinated by the law of reversed effort. Sometimes I call it the backwards law. When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float. When you hold your breath, you lose it—which immediately calls to mind an ancient and much neglected saying, Whosoever would save his soul shall lose it.

There was a young man who said, Though It seems that I know that I know, What I would like to see Is the ‘I' that knows ‘me' When I know that I know that I know.

Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way, like the problem of cause and effect. Make a spurious division of one process into two, forget that you have done it, and then puzzle for centuries as to how the two get together.

Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.