The Wisdom of Insecurity

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Wisdom of Insecurity

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The happiness problem is similar in that it is caused by unfulfilled desires and fears which pull us away from experiencing the present moment. This pattern of “is it deeply profound or nonsense” alternates back and forth until you’re not quite sure anymore. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

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. This suggests that not only is there no method for achieving resolution, but wanting to achieve a resolution is a symptom of the initial problem! As Watt’s explains, “Part of man’s frustration is that he has become accustomed to expert language and thought to offer explanations which they cannot give. While I can imagine sacrificing my happiness for an even greater purpose towards others, I can’t see a reason to sacrifice my happiness without some greater benefit.Because if you live in a recurring state of High Anxiety quite often (remember the HILARIOUS Mel Brooks movie? The book also has an open/non-judgemental tone about it that sees the beauty and the divine in every man-made religion. But the thought, “this living in the present sounds like something I’d like to have, how can I get it? In spite of these similarities, however, Watts' fascinating blend of eastern and western thinking and his own distinctive turn of phrase give him a memorable voice all of his own.

Alan Watts is an ex Episcopal priest who converted to Zen Buddhism and then to Taoism, and then sort of moved beyond both in his own way. Can’t wait to come back to this book when I can look at it with a more critical and experienced mind. I almost feel like it's a book to read on a regular basis, just to give the mind a good scramble every now and then. 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. Live in the present, because the present is essentially all there is; the past and future are mental memories that we evoke in the present.Because if someone asked me what I thought of this book in conversation, that would be my likely response. I think I saw the word 'insecurity,' and thought, "Hey, I'm pretty insecure," which I realize sounds completely ludicrous, and, as a teenage girl, I don't expect to be taken seriously when I do foolish things.

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