Alan Watts – Society Is A Hoax: Take Control Of Your Life
It is we as individuals who need to change, along with our institutions and our interactions. There is no such thing as a society; which is really an imaginary representation of a group of individuals — it is an obscured social construct. We are indeed indivisible, but unfortunately when so many individuals are conditioned by consumer culture to be selfish to the point of malevolence; so too becomes the so called “society”.
“Listening is an action in which the miracle of understanding takes place. If I may turn aside for a moment, I think it is important to understand what it means to listen, for then, perhaps, what is being said will have a meaning beyond the words. It seems to me that very few of us ever do listen. We do not know how to listen. I wonder if you have ever really listened to your child, to your wife or husband, or to a bird? I wonder if you have ever listened to the mind as it watches a sunset, or if you have read a poem with an attitude of listening? If we know how to listen, that very listening is an action in which the miracle of understanding takes place. If we know how to listen to what is being said, we shall discover whether it is true or false. And what is true, one does not have to accept: it is so. It is only when there is contention between the false and the false that there is acceptance and rejection, agreement and disagreement.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti