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  • You know, you can always bug people,

  • in a beautiful way, in a very helpful way.

  • by just saying to them: "What did you forget?"

  • Well, I don't know. What was I supposed to remember?

  • Oh, I'm really not trying to put you on, I mean it's not difficult.

  • This is something completely obvious that you forgotten.

  • You would easily remember it, because it's so obvious.

  • Well that's the hardest thing in the world to think of.

  • What's the most obvious thing I've forgotten?

  • Hell, what's that?

  • Well who do you think you are?

  • How do you answer that question? Who are you?

  • Will you give a name?

  • You say, "I'm Joe Doe, cause I'm Alan Watts."

  • That's not true!

  • That's what people told you you are!

  • They put that name on you, and they taught you

  • to identify with it and to behave as it was expected to behave.

  • But that's not who you are, you know very well.

  • Go back in your memory, go back into your infancy before they started telling you all this stuff.

  • Who are you?

  • And if you get with that you'll know very well who you are.

  • What you are basically, deep-deep down, far-far in

  • is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself,

  • only there's a conspiracy that you musn't let on about that.

  • Because everybody is. And if one person realizes it the other's a little bit offended.

  • And they say: "Well, how come you're so great?"

  • So, everybody therefore who gets an intimation of who they really are

  • and ever comes out with it in Christian civilization, people say:

  • "Who the hell do you think you are? You are Jesus Christ?"

  • Or you can say: "Jesus Christ said he was Jesus Christ and everybody put him down through it

  • and that's what you're doing to me."

  • There is a, an as it were recess of the soul, of the psyche.

  • Where everybody knows perfectly well

  • that you are not just this irresponsible little mouse

  • that's been chucked down into this world.

  • But that you are really doing this work.

  • You're running it.

  • Only you can't admit it just in the same way as you can't admit

  • that you're responsible for the way your own heart beats.

  • You say: "Oh, that's not my doing. I've no control over my heart.

  • Do you have any control over being conscious? Do you know how you will?"

You know, you can always bug people,

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What did you forget? - Alan Watts

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