“It’s a matter of public knowledge that I’m a rascal, that I drink too much, that I sleep with too many women, and that I eat unwisely. Americans don’t understand certain things that are understood in Europe and Asia about the joyous life. They are always supposing everything you do must be good for you. Now, life is bad for you. As Jung pointed out—he was joking, of course—“Life is a disease with a very bad prognosis. It lingers on for years and invariably ends with death.” And I’m sick of being pursued for my best interests.”

WABI radio “In The Spirt” Alan Watts interview with Lex Hixon, 1971