2. Listen to a speech

Alan Watts was a British author and intellectual who was active in California during the 1950s and 1960s. As a follower of Buddhism and proponent of psychedelic drugs, Watts influenced hippie culture.

In this recording, Watts is speaking about the last question from the previous page.

What if money were/was no object? = What if money made no difference to life?
What makes you itch? = What motivates you?
vocational guidance = helping people choose a career

Listen to the video and answer the questions below.

a. What is the vocational guidance that Alan Watts gives to students?

b. What does he describe as stupid?

c. What is your gut reaction to the points he makes?

d. Think of 3 reasons why some people might disagree with Alan Watts.


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