What If Money Was No Object

The following video shares a portion of an audio interview with the late philosopher Alan Watts that is set creatively to a variety of images. In it he invites us to take seriously a very interesting and, I think, important question: “what would you do with your life if money was no object?”

When he starts it seems like a nice question to ask. Like, “wouldn’t it be nice if this were the case.” As he moves on, observing that we can easily end up spending lots of our time on things we don’t enjoy, it becomes an important question. And then when he imagines the way we are teaching our children to choose things they despise by unintentionally modeling a way of living that actively chooses to do things we don’t like, it suddenly seems like an absolutely crucial question for us to ask and invite our children, friends, and loved ones to ask as well.

How important has money become in our culture? Important enough that lots and lots of people do things they get next to no satisfaction from just to get more of it. Naming it that way makes it sound crazy, but it’s a kind of crazy that much of our culture has accepted. And of course extricating ourselves from this situation isn’t simple. But maybe, just maybe, asking the question is a start.

The video is just 3 minuts long. Watch it when you have the time; share it if you choose. Perhaps it will make a difference.

Notes: 1) If you are receiving this post by email you may need to click here to watch the video. 2) Thanks to Maria Popova at Brain Pickings for pointing me to this video.