The Wisdom of Insecurity

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Wisdom of Insecurity

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Ignorance is the failure to see the basic self contradiction of this position - from which arises a futile grasping or controlling of life which is self frustration, and the pattern of life a vicious circle. 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. Put this one up there with Untethered Soul and The Echart Tolle books and Robert Wright's on Buddhism. Watts further argues that we have created an inner division within ourselves by fragmenting reality into inner and outer experience. There may be some beauty in that, in the sense of an organic stream of thought, but to me it felt untidy and consequently difficult to draw conclusions from his theoretical prattling (of which nothing was backed up with any real world reference).

It made the familiar strange, and took me out of my habitual ways of thinking and perceiving for a little bit. This philosophy exists only in few schools of world philosophy: two schools in Buddhism, two in Indian Hinduism, and Chinese Daosim. We have no assurance of a happy future, and if we make plans for a happy future, then we are making plans against reality, essentially. But I think it is provocative in that it also neatly resolves some of the practical and metaphysical problems I see with a more standard, scientific Western view of the world.

It is filled with simple examples illuminating eternal truths of all spiritual paths and applying them to the modern world.

Traveling in Asia makes it clear that most Buddhists and Hindus there are engaged in superstitious rituals with a more literal interpretation of scripture than Watts’ winking at the reader suggests. 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). To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. As short as this book is, I felt the bulk of the points to take away could be established in a quarter of the pages.

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. 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. The happiness problem is similar in that it is caused by unfulfilled desires and fears which pull us away from experiencing the present moment.

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