Many children are set on a path early in their lives – graduate from high school, go to college, graduate from college, fall in love, get married, buy a house, have children, retire, have grandchildren, die. It’s the American Dream. I followed this path by going to college, falling in love, going to graduate school, getting married, buying a condo, getting a great job, buying a larger condo, buying a great car, decorating my house . . . what else was left?
Even Allan Watts in his lovely British accent in this little cartoon can't sell me the life. "It is a hoax."
Another Allan Watts narrated video takes the concept one step further - not only are people unhappy, but they train their children to be unhappy as well:
I was on auto pilot on the road that ends in the Predictable Life. A 9 to 5 drudgery where everyone works hard to eventually retire and enjoy life. I did not want to wait. What if there never was a later? I have done some amazing things, and there is more to come. People say I am lucky to "retire" from the law when I am 36. Luck may be part of it, but I worked hard and am willing to take risks. Question is, how long will this crazy train speed along?