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The Wisdom of Insecurity : A Message for an Age of Anxiety - Alan W Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

A Message for an Age of Anxiety


Published: 8th February 2011
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We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not-and cannot-know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. InThe Wisdom of Insecurity, he shows us how, in order to lead a fulfilling life, we must embrace the present-and live fully in the now. Featuring an Introduction by Deepak Chopra.

Reading Alan Watts challenges us to explore new avenues of thinking, inspires us to lead more fulfilling lives. His legacy lives on in "The Wisdom of Insecurity," a work that energetically displays Watts s piercing intellect, razor-sharp wit, and winning grace. For the clarity and wisdom with which it engages timeless concerns crucial to us all, it is unmatched. An important book. Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of writing beautifully the unwritable. "Los Angeles Times" The wisdom of insecurity is not a way of evasion, but of carrying on wherever we happen to be stationed carrying on, however, without imagining that the burden of the world, or even of the next moment, is ours. It is a philosophy not of nihilism but of the reality of the present always remembering that to be of the present is to be, and candidly know ourselves to be, on the crest of a breaking wave. Philip Wheelwright, "Arts and Letters" This book proposes a complete reversal of all ordinary thinking about the present state of man. The critical condition of the world compels us to face this problem: how is man to live in a world in which he can never be secure, deprived, as many are, of the consolations of religious belief? The author shows that this problem contains its own solution that the highest happiness, the supreme spiritual insight and certitude are found only in our awareness that impermanence and insecurity are inescapable and inseparable from life. Written in a simple and lucid style, it is a timely message. "Book Exchange" (London)"

Introductionp. 1
Prefacep. 9
The Age of Anxietyp. 13
Pain and Timep. 29
The Great Streamp. 39
The Wisdom of the Bodyp. 55
On Being Awarep. 75
The Marvelous Momentp. 89
The Transformation of Lifep. 105
Creative Moralityp. 119
Religion Reviewedp. 135
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ISBN: 9780307741202
ISBN-10: 0307741206
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 8th February 2011
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.14