The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.

Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

You do not play a sonata in order to reach the final chord, and if the meanings of things were simply in ends, composers would write nothing but finales.

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.

Egg is ego, and bird is the liberated Self.

The world as described is included in but is not the same as the world as it is. As a way of contemplation, it is being aware of life without thinking about it, and then carrying this on even while one is thinking, so that thoughts are not confused with nature.

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

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

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.

W might 'conquer' nature if we could first, or at the same time, conquer our own nature, though we do not see that human nature and 'outside' nature are all of a piece.

In sum, then, te is the unthinkable ingenuity and creative power of man's spontaneous and natural functioning–a power which is blocked when one tries to master it in terms of formal methods and techniques.

Do not let the rapidity with which these thoughts can change deceive you into feeling that you think them all at once.

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events - that the world beyond the skins is actually an extension of our own bodies - and will end in destroying the very environment form which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.

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.

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?