What if Money Did not Matter?

"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give."

Do You Like what You are Giving?

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+8 1. blue_alien commented 10 years ago

What do I desire?
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+41 2. PortugaL26 commented 10 years ago

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
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+9 3. Jim777 commented 10 years ago

What about loving whatever you do? I think "do what you love" and "love what you do" have the same result. Happiness.
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+6 4. pagan commented 10 years ago

It makes you think...
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+5 5. Chett commented 10 years ago

I wonder this shit all the time. Couldn't someone make the argument that if a person decided to only do the things they enjoy they can hardly expect to be supported with food, shelter, electricity without making a contribution to society?
Also, if your parents sacrificed a lot of their time working at a job they hate so they could improve your life, is there some disrespect in not returning the favour or doing the same for your own kids? I have no idea but I'd like to ask this guy.
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+7 6. gunsnroses commented 10 years ago

I'm a pilot. Thank God
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+12 7. imagic commented 10 years ago

#2 thank you for quoting one of the most interesting people of the world, that are some really true words.
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+2 8. Raksi commented 10 years ago

What if our leaders were smart people? Not greedy bastards? Just sayin' cause... you know... we have the power ;-)
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+5 9. Bergsten commented 10 years ago

"all retch and no vomit, it never gets there." I gotta admit there are days at work I feel the same way, however, when my 5 year old wakes up at five thirty in the morning on a day he is with me at work yelling, "Today is the best day ever, is it time to get up yet?" does it really matter whether it is my dream job or merely something I enjoy doing.
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+5 10. metro commented 10 years ago

This is Alan Watts - many of his talks are on YouTube - good stuff
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+5 11. huldu commented 10 years ago

Money doesn't matter at all. It's just how you're wired into the society and what is "expected" of you. You're brainwashed plain and simple.
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+4 12. nomaddaf commented 10 years ago

This sounds wonderful but nearly every single thing showed requires money to learn,do, and live where you can do it. someone has to collect the garbage,build the roads,and work in toll booths. it would be wonderful but it has no bases in reality for the masses or the less talented. #3 is living in reality. Far wiser words. As for Dali lama. Research his true story. An awful person that literally lived off of the backs of the poorest people in the world and was guilty of some truly terrible things. Spewed some great quotes, but I wouldn't let him in my house or even want him living in my town.
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+1 13. PuffPuff commented 10 years ago

Yes, this is true to some extent.

Improving ourselves for the better of the ones around us without the promise of better pecuniary recompense should be the primary objective of a human being.

The problem lies in the fact that we are too many and we have to few resources to sustain such a way of living. And we also have the crappy human mentality.

This will happen when we will be able to provide the same level of living to all humans on the planet, without discrimination.

We are not there technologically.

A few hundred years at least. When we will manage to eliminate the current economical system and shift the gravity of importance from wealth to global evolution and improvement, we will be able to create an utopia.

But I doubt that will happen any time soon.
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+4 14. psyh commented 10 years ago

Life is full of activities that we don't exactly enjoy, but we still have to do them. For example I don't like to wash dishes. Should I stop doing that? NO. I think living in a moment and trying to enjoy every little experience as a miracle is the way to go (mindfullness). We have too many dreams and I think that's why it's hard for us to enjoy the things we already have.
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+1 15. Mitak commented 10 years ago

Ok im quitting my job! :D
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+3 16. Pana (reviewer) commented 10 years ago

BTW the song is Ludovico Einaudi - Divenire
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-1 17. ughlah commented 10 years ago

Sorry, this is bulls***.

Ask any given 14 year old what he would like to do every day of his life. Play playstation 3 and surf the internet should be a pretty common answer. A pretty big part of that group would even stop going to school (their job).

People nowadays have less and less interests. They watch TV, they surf, they play video games. Quite a lot of them wouldn't want any job at all, as they have no other interests. Don't try starting on working in TV, web companies or game companies. What you have to do there is actual hard work with lots of overtime.

And there we have the second reason I have to call bulls***. If you think it is interesting and you want to do it, doesn't mean it is...at all. You want to work outside with horses. Have fun with cold rain in January, have fun cleaning the stables...

Sure you have to try to find a job that fulfills you, but telling people they should ignore money and just follow some romantic guideline will make them unhappier, as they don't get what they imagined and as bonus cannot pay their bills anymore.
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0 18. VerityBlack commented 10 years ago

Pick a job that you really enjoy doing, and you'll never have to do a day's work in your life.
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+2 19. Rhoman commented 10 years ago

O... yes!
As always, Alan Watts is, or more exactly: ...was and still is, one of the best thinkers who ever lived in XX-Th century. Well, that was till in 1973 when he died, and the strangest thing: he is today, much more actual than was then...!
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+2 20. ringmaster commented 10 years ago

In Star Trek the human race has officially renounced the value of money.
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+2 21. captainwillies commented 10 years ago

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+1 22. ComentAtor commented 10 years ago

#2 and #14 so i guess dalai lama doesn't wash the dishes
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