Does it Matter?

Does It Matter
Alan Watts

“Timothy Leary was not so wide of the mark when he said that we must go out of our minds (abstract values) to come to our senses (concrete values). For coming to our senses must, above all, be the experience of our own existence as living organisms rather than ‘personalities’…How, then, is the sense of self to be changed? … Robert Oppenheimer is said to have remarked that the whole world is, quite obviously, going to hell – adding, however, that the one slim chance of its not going to hell is that we do absolutely nothing to stop it. For the greatest illusion of the abstract ego is that it can do anything to bring about radical improvement either in itself or in the world.”

[That’s definitely a controversial notion that breeds some seriously interesting discussion]