the most ecstatic life

Recently I was binge watching indy blues videos, y'all those videos are so good. But there was this qoute from this man I had never heard of before, Alan Watts and let me tell you he's got strong talent for writing, I would recommend looking him up, the speech is quite impressive and I want to share it with you today...

"I wonder, I wonder, what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream...

You would, I suppose, start out by fulfilling all your wishes.

You could design for yourself what would be the most ecstatic life – love affairs, banquets, dancing girls, wonderful journeys, gardens, music beyond belief.

You would have every kind of pleasure you could conceive. And then after a couple of months of this sort of thing you’d be getting a little taste for something different, "Let’s have a surprise, let’s have a dream which isn’t under control," and you would move over to an adventurous dimension, where there was sudden dangers involved, and the thrill of dealing with dangers, and you could go on journeys, make wonderful explosions and blow them up.

And you would come out of that and you would say “Wow that was a close shave, wasn’t it?”. Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further- and further-out gambles what you would dream. And after you’ve done that for some time, you’d think up a new wrinkle. To forget that you were dreaming, so you’d think it was all for real.

And after you’re gone on doing this, you see, for some time, you’d suddenly find yourself sitting around in this room, with all your personal involvements, problems, etc, talking with me. How do you know that’s not what you’re doing?

You'd have on your desk instead of a dial telephone, a more complicated system of buttons, and one touch would give you anything you wanted, Aladdin’s lamp, you would eventually have to add a button labelled surprise, because all perfectly know futures are past. It is only the true future that is a surprise.

And finally, you would dream where you are now. You would dream the life that you are actually living today." ~Alan Watts...