The Wisdom of Insecurity

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Wisdom of Insecurity

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A few friends recommended I read this book , because of my budding interest in Buddhism and Eastern religions. And the screws were only JUST THEN beginning to be tightened on our brains by our intense political and cultural pressure! 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, in many situations we are like the man getting surgery—unable to change anything at all, yet also ruining our present moment which is unproblematic.

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. Showing the path forward by pointing out that words are symbolic representations of reality, in the same sense that money is representative of value and not value itself.

It's unbelievable that this short book was written in 1951, foreshadowing massive amounts of today's popular "self-help" ideology.

This book forever changed my life and irreversibly changed the way I look at anything and everything.

On the subject of achieving desired results in life, he says, "When each moment becomes an expectation, life is deprived of fulfillment, and death is dreaded, for it seems that here expectation must come to an end. Needless to say such scepticism has grown inordinately since Watts wrote these words and it has perhaps reached its zenith in recent years with the 'New Atheist' movement. 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.

I saw this book as a sort of manual on how to train the mind to experience or be aware of what is now rather than dwelling in the past and the future. The irony is that many of us have little patience or use for the present moment unless we are experiencing pleasure. If being more anxious made us slightly less likely to be eaten by a tiger, but it destroyed many moments of uncomplicated bliss, that would be a positive trade-off. Writing in 1951, he had just lost his vocation as an Episcopal priest and his young wife in a divorce.I've comes across this idea before but Watts has a new spin: we 'reach a point where what is unknown is not a mere blank space in a web of words but a window in the mind, a window whose name is not ignorance but wonder.

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