The Non-Advice Of Alan Watts

Alan Watts Painting

Alan Watts has always been a favourite philosopher/speaker of mine, and this quote of his on writing really speaks for itself.

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”

If you haven’t heard him speak, check out this short video of him discussing nothing. I guarantee it’ll give you shivers, or at the very least a comfortable smirk.

If what he says resonates then I recommend you put some time aside to go listen to some of his lectures, they’re not hard to find online. He will blow your mind clean out with a simple profoundness that leaves you speechless.


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