Life is NOT a Journey – Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. His philosophies seem to transcend ego, politics and limitations. His monologues have a powerful way of connecting distant abstract ideas with the present moment and his words have a unique way of putting life into perspective. Life is a gift.

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33 thoughts on “Life is NOT a Journey – Alan Watts

  1. The whole of life is merely moment in the perennial passage of time. It's true for all creatures. We are blessed to realize that, yet we forget it. Others aren't, yet they crawl, fly, sing, and dance to the tunes that oftentimes only they could hear. That's, what one might call, life. "Life" on this mere speck of dust. Enchanting philosophy, innit?

  2. What I hate about theses philosophical discussions is they lack context.
    Most people are letting holding their nuts figuring out what he meant by playing and dancing which unfortunately only a few figure out ON THEIR OWN.

  3. While I absolutely think what he is saying is literally perfect (maybe a bit too perfect) A journey can mean different things in my opinion, the enjoyment of the journey and the new bonds you made make much much sweeter. A Journey is a road trip to self-discovery and learning universal truths, just learning stuff about the world and how beautifully it was made from its lifeforms’ core physical principles to human psychology, history or just simply understanding how to survive and make friends.

  4. Yes it is its a lot of things we spend alot of time biting off more than we can chew learning nothing makeing bad bad horrible stupid decisions then runnaway journey i dont know if i be back before world destroys itself.

  5. Life has very well a destination and that’s heaven or hell, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live your live. Of course without trespassing those boundaries set by god.
    So that whole nihilistic point of view will get you but nowhere. Maybe everyone should consider their actions being judged afterwards 🙂

  6. No.
    Life is not a song, but rather a chaotic mishmash of random notes and tempos or just nothing. You have to fight for years, constantly. You beat away at the chaos until you finally succeed and turn it into a beautiful song. But even after ALL of that, you have to keep fighting. Otherwise, the beautiful song becomes dull and predictable.
    So you ask yourself, "Is it worth it? Why must I try so hard to keep meaning and beauty in my life? Do we really have to work this hard for meaning?"
    You cant help but feel as if life itself is some sort of test. A test against hunger. A test against conflict. A test against keeping warm. How will I keep warm this time in order to survive? We're forced work incessantly, lest we feel terrible pain and discomfort. I hear the music accompanied to a long and grueling death is not all that good.

    Comparing life to school, life is a whole lot worse. You fail one test? you die – Passed them all? You still die. You found love, complete meaning and raised a beautiful family? You're gonna have to leave that all behind. Can't help but wonder what this is all for.

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