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The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan W. Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

by Alan W. Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan W. Watts

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The Wisdom Of Insecurity is a self-help classic that breaks down our psychological need for stability and explains how it's led us to the door of consumerism.

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

by Alan W. Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan W. Watts

Overview

In the modern Western world, we have everything we could ever need. For most of human history, the majority of people didn't have safe and stable shelter, let alone access to any food at the click of a button or the ability to travel anywhere beyond walking distance. Despite this, so many of us are completely miserable. Have you ever wondered how we got here?

Alan Watts was a philosopher, speaker, and writer, who spent the majority of his life getting the Western world to open up to Eastern philosophy. He had a long-standing radio show at a station in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is also where he gained a large following. Most of the 26 books he wrote were on topics like Zen, Buddhism, religion, and spirituality.

In The Wisdom Of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety, Watts explains the transition Western society went through after the Industrial Revolution. The author explores our move away from religion into an uncertain age of consumerism and constant want, helping us to find a solution to our modern problems.

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"Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present since it is in the present and only in the present that you live."

Alan Watts

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan W. Watts

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