So, I’m sat here listening to Alan Watts, there is something about his voice when he conveys his philosophy, it soothes my soul. His meaningful approach to teach me to understand the universe, works in a way, which conveys no truth, only understanding. I came upon him by accident after reading ‘Tao Te Ching’ and other certain philosophies along the same principle. There is a certain feeling I get from understanding that there are other people that have felt or feel the same way that I do, and it makes it all a lot easier to bear. To have people sharing their own thoughts and feelings gives more precedent to my own. I’m not alone in my thoughts.
There are a lot of things that I have learnt from these understandings but the three main points that I came across were:
- To let go of desire. (The truth behind letting go of desire is in its self an act of desire. It is therefore a paradox.)
- The basis of life itself is a concept of duality. (To exist is to contemplate existing, through this we have good and bad, positive and negative, love and hate, happy and sad. Through life there is always an opposite. A certain sense of symmetry.)
- There is only the moment. (There is no past, there is no future, there is only the now. So, to waste time worrying about either of these ideas that don’t exist is a waste of the now.)
This got me thinking to the way that society works. The whole foundation of governments and materialistic ideologies center around consumerism. They want you to desire, so they can keep people in place, so they have the control. The sad truth from this is that there is never a person who deserves to oversee everybody, because we are all different. The only truth we can ever know is the truth of Earth, and we are destroying it. The Earth itself will remain though and it will be here far long after we have all gone.
So, if you, like me, find yourself collecting your thoughts in the middle of the night as I close my eyes to sleep. If you, like me ask yourself: ‘Am I happy in doing what I do?’, ‘If I could do anything in the world, what would it be?’, ‘Why am I wasting my time, doing something that doesn’t make me happy?’. ‘I know that to live a life where I am not being true to myself, then am I not merely wasting my life?’ ‘Irrespective of earning money to survive. I am merely surviving to live a life I don’t want. Is it therefore not better to live a short life doing something that I would love, than a long life where I do what I dislike?’
Then just know that you are not alone. Peace and love as always.