“But I fall straight into contradiction when I try to act and decide in order to be happy, when I make ‘being pleased’ my future goal. For the more my actions are directed towards future pleasures, the more I am incapable of enjoying any pleasures at all. For all pleasures are present, and nothing save complete awareness of the present can even begin to guarantee future happiness….On the contrary, it is common experience that nothing ruins a ‘pleasure’ so much as watching yourself in the midst of it to see whether it pleases you. You can only live in one moment at a time, and you cannot think simultaneously about listening to the waves and whether you are enjoying listening to the waves.”
—Alan Watts, from The Wisdom of Insecurity
"You want to be happy, to forget yourself, and yet the more you try to forget yourself, the more you remember the self you want to forget. You want to escape from pain, but the more you struggle to escape, the more you inflame the agony. You are afraid and want to be brave, but the effort to be brave is fear trying to run away from itself. You want peace of mind, but the attempt to pacify it is like trying to calm the waves with a flat iron….What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking it is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don't like it. In other words, if we can really understand what we are looking for—we shall see that we don't want it at all." ~~Alan Watts
Every once in awhile I’ll hear someone say this, and my eyes inevitably roll back into my head as I scream, “WHAT?!” How can anyone in their right mind not have time for the greatest fucking shit on this planet. I know what you’re thinking, and let me stop you: it’s not because they work full-time jobs and have full fledged careers to deal with. Let’s face it, when TV/film is good, and I mean really good, it transcends the very concept of “job” and “free-time” and “lifestyle.” Continue reading ““I don’t really have time for TV/Movies””
Rachael: I’m not doing it, Barbara. The answer is no. Capital N-O.