Thursday, 26 March 2009


"If we are open only to discoveries which will accord with what we know already, we may as well stay shut. This is why the marvellous achievements of science and technology are of so little real use to us. It is in vain that we can predict and control the course of events in the future, unless we know how to live in the present. It is in vain that doctors prolong life if we spend the extra time being anxious to live still longer. It is in vain that engineers devise faster and easier means of travel if the new sights that we see are merely sorted and understood in terms of old prejudices. It is in vain that we get the power of the atom if we are just to continue in the rut of blowing people up.
Tools such as these, as well as the tools of language and thought, are of real use to men only if they are awake-not lost in the dreamland of past and future, but in the closest touch with that point of experience where reality can alone be discovered: this moment."
(Alan W Watts, The wisdom of insecurity)