People Don’t See It – Alan Watts on The Illusion of Money And Wealth

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An inspirational and profound speech on The Illusion of Money from the late philosopher Alan Watts.
Original Audio sourced from: “Alan Watts – Veil of Thoughts Pt. 1"
Video Produced and Edited by T&H Inspiration

“And uh, forget the money. Because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is, in order to do things you don’t like doing, which is stupid.”
– Alan Watts (1915 – 1973)

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54 Comments

  1. *“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.”*

    Have a great day!

    • lessons have* and will…
      There’s so much basic Truth. Truth of existence, truth of humanity.
      I hope, as you commented, they live forever. I hope our children are so lucky.

    • A great teacher. His life was short.

      “True Wealth Transcends the Ages.”
      👀🐡🌿🌾 cc

  2. When we become a silent seer ( an unattached witness of events going on around us )… while continuing with our duty in the best possible manner ( as per our present level of understanding)… chances of our getting liberated in this material world are much more likely …
    I repeat … the easiest way to do this is to start watching ourselves in each and every situation and action… leaving aside all biases… our actions then start arising from a state of pure awareness … which liberates us …

    Thanks and have a good day everybody

    • Saying, reading or listening to something can liberate only if they awaken and translate into actions …
      because…
      *Only duties and responsibilities need to be done…*
      Concious actions arising out of pure awareness can bring about a transformation called a meaningful life …
      Thanks and God Bless

    • Detachment? Madison Avenue does the same to the masses. Isolates and disconnects. It’s in suffering and the awareness of other’s suffering where we are human.

  3. The value of a person has become the number in their bank account. However, money cannot buy you the most important things in life. And those valuable things don’t cost money. Anyone can have them but only the people who realize there importance are the ones who enjoy them. We are here to experience nature and the spirits of others. We are not here to accumulate objects. If we did we would not fear of dying.

    • I absolutely love your message. I could not agree more. In the near future. I would love to share my journey so far with everyone.
      My true testimony. Both my spiritual & physical.

  4. My Soul chose to come into this physical plane to Share its’ Soul Song with Society by Serving Souls and NOT HERE TO COLLECT STUFF!!!! When I collect stuff or stuff my inside Soul then my Soul Song gets silent. I keep my Soul connected ONLY to Source and Share my Soul Song by Service!!! Now this to me is true Success!!!! I remain UNATTACHED to all people places things and outcomes ❤️
    Namaste 🤍

    • soul is a religious word, religion has nothing to do with humans. circle talk we all been caught in for at least 200 years brought to you by the pretentious saints sages and holy men….you been caught in that same trap….

    • You are alone with No other people in your life? Where do you live? How do you pay for things like food and basic things like clothes? Tell me how you do this, I need to know.

  5. I had a dream, I was hungry, and wandering in a dusty landscape. I had 5 dollars in my pocket. I walked until I found a beautiful green farm. I asked this girl in the garden 🪴 if I could buy a cabbage. Her father appeared, and came over to me and said this. “I am really sorry but I can not sell you a cabbage, I must feed my family, and we can not eat that money, that money is worth nothing to us”. And then I awoke.

    • I had a dream I was in a large mansion. There were a lot of doors. Every door I went through led to the slaughterhouse.

    • @Concerned Citizen we are that’s what kovid is about 🙏💜

  6. money 💰 is like a drug an addiction, if not carful it can change, destroy, build, among other things but at the end of the day, you forgot You Die. Your Creator is looking at your deeds, your heart, character. Thank you.

  7. “The more a thing tends to be permanent the more it tends to be lifeless…”. WOW 😳!! That hit me like a stone while I’m going through a huge transition and my entire world turned upside down.

  8. We see different sides of one ultimate reality. Which could very well be nothing at all.

  9. “The more something becomes permanent the more it becomes lifeless”. Marriage has a 56% divorce rate, maybe the myth of permanent happiness is to blame.

    • I really wonder if 2 people are meant to be together for LIFE? I have been married for a few years now and I have my doubts. . .

    • Don’t blame the concept of marriage though. Squarely blame your inability to conceive the full spectrum of what it actually is. It’s on you.

    • @Jay Wilson Jay..Jay…Truth has no temperature and math is the only truth there is. Its unfortunate the majority doesn’t grasp the spectrum of what marriage is suppose to be anymore.

    • The only Real Reality is the ONE. The One creator of all that is. Everything else is an illusion. The perpetual pursuit of happiness in this life is very illusory and definitely very transitory. Real True happiness is reserved for the Hereafter (depending on if you get to the One’s garden that is) ie the eternal happiness. For this life, contentment should be enough, and with this an adequate amount of happiness will suffice. For sure the attachments of this world even including our most prized possessions including family members, children etc normally always end in sadness, hurt, pain. Basically we own nothing, and yes, alas, you do no even own you. There are realities and then there are harsh realities. One day we will all face the harshest of realities and for many it will be truly late if you didn’t prepare yourself for this, for of a surety this will be the true awakening. Peace and Love

  10. This was nice, more than nice. It helped me put my plans, ambitions, dreams, hopes into a more clear focus. Thanks Alan Watts and company.

  11. The ego illusion is so incredibly strong… we reaffirm it with every moment of existence

    • Welcome to the human experience. Dont you worry though: the experience is a short one anyway. Enjoy the ride while your at it.

    • I think things will go back to the way they were, but sadly it must be cleansed. Let’s hope we see each other in the next one…

  12. I really like this very good lecture and particularly these statements:
    “The more things become permanent, the more they become lifeless”.
    And “The physical world is like music.”

  13. Brilliant man 🙏🧡 live by your heart and not your head.. stay simple and pure 😊

  14. I guess it is why I personally am so nomadic I am 63 and have travelled all my life, clinging to something too long has never appealed to me I am happier this way, always touching something new and learning..

    • Brilliant…now that is a beautiful way to live …we all have a role to play…but finding the right direction and role for our spirit can be challenging when the ego has the bull horn and is giving out the directions…I appreciate what your comment means to me..😁

  15. Alan Watts is like Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s great to listen to his timeless wisdom.

  16. What Alan Watts said about money not being real 60 years ago is more true today than it was even then!

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