The most dangerous risk of all:The risk of spending your life not doing what you want
on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
We have an absolutely extraordinary attitude in our culture
and in various other cultures, high civilizations,
to the new member of human society.
Instead of saying frankly to children,
How do you do? Welcome to the human race.
We are playing a game.
And we are playing by the following rules:
we…uh…we want to tell you what the rules are,
so that you’ll know your way around.
And when you’ve understood what rules we are playing by,
when you get old, you may be able to invent better ones.
But instead of that,
we still retain an attitude to the child that he is on probation.
He’s not really a human being, he’s a candidate for humanity.
And in just this way,
We have a whole system of preparation of the child for life,
which always is preparation and never actually gets there.
In other words,
we have a system of schooling which starts with grades.
And we get it always preparing for something that is gonna happen.
So you go into the nursery school as preparation for kindergarden.
You had a kindergarden as preparation for the first grade.
And then you see you go up the grades to look at the high school.
And then comes the time when the…
maybe if we can get you fancinated enough with the system, you go to the college.
And then when you go on a collage,
if you are smart,you get in the graduate school
and stay as a bachelor student.
And go back to be a professor and just go round and round in the system.
But in the ordinary way, they don’t encourage quite that.
They want you after graduate school or after graduation, commencement that it’s called
beginning to get out into the world for the capital W.
And so you, you know,
you’ve been trained for this and now you’ve arrived.
But when you get out into the world, that’s your first sales meeting.
They’ve got the same thing going again,
因为 呃 他们希望你完成定额工作
because, eh, they want you to make that quota.
And if you do make it, they give you a higher quota.
And come along about 30, 45 years of age,
maybe you’re vice president.
And you suddenly dawns on you
that you’ve arrived
with a certain sense that having been cheated.
because, eh…it is that…
that’s just the same as thing that life feels the same as it always felt.
And you are conditioned to be in desperate need of a future.
So the final goal that this culture prepares for us is called retirement.
When you will be a senior citizen,
and you will have the wealth and the leisure
to do what you’ve always wanted.
But you will, at the same time,
have impotence, em…rotten prostate
and the false teeth and low energy.
So all the whole thing, from beginning to end, is a hoax.
You are involved by a large and very strange business system,
which divides your day into work and play.
Work is something that everybody does.
And you get paid to do it
because nobody could care less about doing it.
In other words, it is so abominable and boring
that you can get paid for doing it.
And the object to doing this is to make money.
And the object of making money
is to go home and enjoy the money that you’ve made.
When you’ve got it, you’ll see you can buy pleasure.
并且 呃 在许多方面
And eh…in various of ways
you see you go home, you were the wealthiest people in the world.
And you would think that having earned your money and go home
呃 你举办一场狂欢 一场宴会这类活动
eh…you would have an orgy and a great banquet and so on.
But nobody does.
They eat a TV dinner which is just a warmed-over airline food.
And the…then they spend the evening looking at an electronic reproduction of life,
which is divided from you by a glass screen.
You can’t touch it, you can’t smell it.
It has no color, except maybe if you were very wealthy, it has color.
But by a large it doesn’t, then you look at this thing.
And you don’t, you have a strange feeling, you see,
that the whole procession of grades
that was leading to something in the future to that goodie,
that gorgeous voluptuous goodie,
that was lying at the end of the line and never quite turns up.
And this is because from the beginning,
We condition our children…
to a defective sense of identity.
We condition the child in a way
that sets the child a life problem,
which is insoluble,
and therefore attended by constant frustration.
And that’s a result of this problem being insoluble.
It is perpetually postponed to the future.
So that one lives, one is educated to live in the future.
And one is not ever educated to live today.
Now I’m not saying
that…you know the philosophy of carpe diem.
Let us drink today, for tomorrow we die,
and not make any plans.
What I am saying is
that “Making plans for the future
is of use only to people who are capable of living completely in the present.”