Philosopher Alan Watts on the difference between money and wealth

What would you do if money was no object?

  • Philosopher, Alan Watts believed we too easily mistake the symbolic for the real.
  • If money was no object, we'd seek what we truly desire.
  • Watts believed we can only have so much ostentatious consumption.
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