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Friday, March 29, 2013

29 March 2013

Welcome to another edition of Filosophy Fridays on The Daily Quota. Coming off a great week of consciousness, scientific dogma and inspiration, we mark the beginning of the end with another reminder to seek purpose in life.

No, that's not right.
Today's Daily Quota actually encourages us to seek purposelessness
In 1969, Eastern philosopher Alan Watts presented to a group of IBM engineers on the topic of work, rest and play.
He encouraged the audience to abandon their pursuit of purpose in everything they do.

However, Watts does not intend to preach purposelessness per se. Rather, he simply wants to say that not everything in life has to have a purpose. Many things just are, and they should be appreciated as such.

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." he tells them, "but if the only reason for which Jack plays is so that he can work better afterwards, he's not really playing. He's playing because it's good for him. He's not playing at all...You have to cultivate an attitude to life where you're not trying to get anything out of it!"

Watts has always had a knack for preaching Eastern philosophy to a Western audience. This is a great example.
The full speech can be found via the link below.


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