James and Elizabeth listened to a talk given by philosopher Alan Watts entitled “What Do You Desire?” In it he says that he often asks his students “what would you do with your life if money were no object?” Elizabeth asked James to answer that question and here is his response. (A lot going on in that 15 year old head of his!)
IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I COULD. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT. MY MIND IS ALWAYS ASKING QUESTIONS. HERE ARE SOME THINGS I WANT TO KNOW. WHY IS THE WORLD IN SUCH A STATE OF CONFLICT? ARE HUMANS CAPABLE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE? BARRING A MIRACLE, WILL AUTISM EVER BE ACCEPTED AS A VARIATION IN THINKING INSTEAD OF A DISABILITY? HOW DOES ONE KILL ANOTHER PERSON? I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT EVEN WORKS! HOW CAN UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT PRACTICES OF RELIGIONS LEAD TO GREATER TOLERANCE AND PATIENCE. CAN LIVING WITH LESS LEAD TO GREATER ECONOMIC RELIEF?
REALLY THERE IS NO END TO MY QUESTIONS. I WANT TO KNOW SO MANY THINGS. CAN YOU TEACH ME MORE? I FEEL LIKE MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE IS ENDLESS.