Philosopher Alan Watts Explains That Life Is Not a Journey

Alan Watts

In this brilliantly illustrated video of After Skool, British philosopher Alan W. Watts explains that life should not be viewed as a journey because the end is not the main goal, unlike that of travel, which is all about getting there and then coming back. Rather life is like a like music or a dance; tasks in which the doing is far more valuable than getting it to the end. “Life is a gift.” Cherish it.

Because we simply cheated ourselves a whole way down the line. We thought of life by analogy with a journey with a pilgrimage which had a serious purpose at the end the thing was to get to that end success or whatever it is or maybe heaven after you’re there. But we missed the point the whole way along it was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or dance while the music was being played.

via Kevin Rose