Alan Watts

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The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.

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   Ego
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Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

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The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.

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A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.

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But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

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   Attitude
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Faith is a state of openness or trust.

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So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

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What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.

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How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.

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So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.

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If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.

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In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.

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The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens.

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Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

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And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

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And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

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   Attitude
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Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.

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   Law
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But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.

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Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.

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The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

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   God