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The Wisdom of Insecurity

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I went into this thinking it would be a book about self-acceptance, reading “insecurity” in the way that I wanted it to be: it’s not. This comes from that game where both players try to last as long as they can not thinking about polar bears.

In contrast even to the epistemic optimism of science, Watts’ is actually the skeptic, avoiding presuming the existence of things that cannot be perceived directly. And according to Watts, we don't even have the true past to draw upon, but a memory of the past which is really only part of the present. 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.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. So, it was with trepidation that I started writing this review, since by trying to intellectualize Watts’ philosophy, I’m ignoring his number one credo and going to find myself hopelessly stuck in a rut. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. Additionally, I feel that Eastern philosophy seems a more suitable approach for resolving some troubling problems concerning happiness and human purpose than many Western approaches.

Most Westerners who get hooked on 'those mystical religions of the east' tend to be those who completely misunderstand the religions of the west and blame all the problems the last two hundred years (colonisation, the crusades, capitalism. However, I suppose I shouldn’t get too caught up in this contradiction, seeing as for a man who believed in the essential unexplainability of Zen, Watts’ himself wrote over twenty books about it. Alan Watts was one of the big popularizers of Zen and other Asian spiritual philosophies in the 50s and 60s, and I greatly enjoyed his television program. To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. William Faulkner used to fume, fuss and fidget in his armchair for what seemed to him an eternity as the clock on the wall ticked slowly towards 4 PM.

Knjižica mi je baš legla, jer se Vots ne bazira na isključivo logičkim argumentima (ima par falinki, nije da ih nema, ali koga briga), nego igra na foru intuicije.

I'd just been studying Daoism, Buddhism and Hinduism in school and these schools of thought appealed to me but I didn't know how to go about making them mine. My philosophical start to 2020 (an attempt to see clearly) continues with this, my first Watts book. It argues, among other things, that insecurity, indeterminacy, is the truth of existence, and that to cling to particular things as if they were eternal is to waste your time and strength. Furthermore, the growth of an acute sense of the past and future gives us a corresponding dim sense of the present. Pa ko ti je kriv kad ti je intuicija zbog života u kapitalizmu na nivou krave opaučene maljem koja ide u klanicu na pokretnoj traci.This 1951 classic is probably an excellent starting point for anyone wanting an introduction to Watts' writing. Human beings in general, but particularly in our modern age, live in a near-constant state of dissatisfaction and anxiety.

The nature of reality and human existence doesn’t fit with this picture, or if it does, there is nothing we can do about it. If I am afraid, my efforts to feel and act bravely are moved by the fear, for I am afraid of fear, which is simply to say that my efforts to escape from what I am are moving in a circle. Nothing wrong with that, really, but it’s certainly not on everybody’s list of go-to occupations anymore. 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.

From my limited appreciation of both Watts’ views and cognitive science, I see nothing so glaringly contradictory that it would undermine one or the other.

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