The Wisdom of Insecurity

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

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This is to say that it may be, despite Watts’ assertions to the contrary, possible to actively work on cultivating a mental habit of attentional control. However, this makes the stunning revelations in the book less stunning than they would have been 60 years ago.

My philosophical start to 2020 (an attempt to see clearly) continues with this, my first Watts book. If the pursuit of happiness seems like a practical joke inserted into the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, you might read this book and declare a little independence as well -- from your "self," for starters. A few friends recommended I read this book , because of my budding interest in Buddhism and Eastern religions. This philosophy exists only in few schools of world philosophy: two schools in Buddhism, two in Indian Hinduism, and Chinese Daosim. A friend of mine captured it perfectly writing to me: “it’s almost as if time at once is and is not, in that the future/past never actually “exist” but at the same time seem to be such a substantial part of what makes any sort of present”.But once we open up to wonder, see the connections between everything, we will no longer be the anxious I desperately trying to feel OK. I’m not well read enough in these subjects to object to this characterization, but one is definitely left with the distinct impression that Watts’ views and traditional ones may have significant departures. Neki bi kvalifikovali ovu knjižicu kao krindž, ali ko nije krindž neka prvi baci kamen a to sigurno nisam ja. This 1951 classic is probably an excellent starting point for anyone wanting an introduction to Watts' writing. Watts' starting point is the predicament of western man in the mid twentieth century; the book is definitely a product of 'you've never had it so good' 1950's materialism.

Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. You see, he had raised his own personal bar to that level of anxiety - for four was his own Happy Hour. But I've been unwell and unable to do much work or thinking at all, even what is required for my day-to-day life, and it really feels like a godsend that someone has done exactly the work that I would have wanted in exactly the way that I would have done it and it's just fallen into my lap. I was expecting a thought-provoking question or two to rise to the surface, so I kept at it, but in the end was left with the distinct feeling that I'd just listened to a stoner with a big ego ramble on for a while.

In many regards a book ahead of its time, and for that reason I can understand its long-standing adoration. If, instead, one stops trying to separate from these experiences, they tend to dissolve on their own quite readily. What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don’t like it. It's unbelievable that this short book was written in 1951, foreshadowing massive amounts of today's popular "self-help" ideology.

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