The Wisdom of Insecurity

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Wisdom of Insecurity

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Neki bi kvalifikovali ovu knjižicu kao krindž, ali ko nije krindž neka prvi baci kamen a to sigurno nisam ja. 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. But Watts believes there is just one of us and this one includes the flowers, plants, animals and everything. In simple yet beautiful language, Alan Watts offers a explanation on how these thoughts arises due to illusions of language and the idea of the self.

Glas i misli Alana Votsa sam prvi put čula u numeri "Dreams" grupe Nuages a guglajući dobila sliku gospodina evropskog porekla sa ducktail bradom i u kimonu.The problem, Watts says, is that "Our lives are one long effort to resist the unknown, the real present in which we live, which is the unknown in the midst of coming into being.

In this fascinating book, Alan Watts explores man's quest for psychological security, examining our efforts to find spiritual and intellectual certainty in the realms of religion and philosophy. I have been taught by the very liberal community in which I have grown up to be skeptical of anything written by a white man in the 1950s and, in general, I think this skepticism is probably warranted. If you came to this page expecting a review rather than my life story, then I apologize for the disappointment. But to attempt anyway: This is a book about living in the present moment, and it kind of messes with your mind in that great expansive sort of way. Writing in 1951, he had just lost his vocation as an Episcopal priest and his young wife in a divorce.I realize that no matter how much security I may gain I will always need more of it, and this striving can set me on an endless “hamster wheel” of anxiety. How we’re given the ability to think and reminisce and wish and expect but how exactly those things are giving us unrelenting stress and anxiety. I honestly think that if I had spent many years studying East Asian philosophy (drawing from literature and other sources as well, as Watts does) and compiling my findings into a short book, I would have come up with something very similar. The perspective of Alan is very intense for someone who isn't used to seeing things differently than what we've been taught, especially in the Western Culture. I should also note that if you are not hearing these things for the first time, you will probably find the book repetitive (though I found it rather calming).

Beside the examples of saints and heroes I feel ashamed that I amount to nothing, and so I begin to practice humility because of my wounded pride, and charity because of my self-love. Does it come faster and fancier every year, to be sure to be better than last spring, and to hurry on its way to the spring that shall out-spring all springs? He was the author of a number of books on the philosophy and psychology of religion, which have continued to be in popular demand over the past forty years. Once the split between our descriptions of reality and the real thing can be properly appreciated, the next insight is that time itself is an abstract concept. Our process of remembering the past and imagining the future can be so convincing that we often forget that they are occurring in our heads.

This no-method view with resolving a fundamental life problem could be said to put Watts firmly against much of the philosophy of personal development. In this book he contemplates about existential aspects of life that are fundamental and can be examined in a wider perspective of philosophy as well as human psychology. However, the one idea underpinning everything said here goes back to antiquity, and is probably the heritage of Eastern mysticism. I feel such a dressing down does almost a disservice to the book (as it does with the much later The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, which expounds on very similar themes). He says, "The art of living in this 'predicament' is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past and the known on the other.

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