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on 7 March 2015
I bought this book after listening to Watts' mesmerizing YouTube lectures, and I could hear his clear voice speaking as I read it. It should be remembered that Watts died in 1977 and that this book was originally written in the 1950s. The odd politically incorrect comment needs to be forgiven, therefore. It is a book of its time.

Watts espouses an Eastern philosophy that has its roots deep within Buddhism and Hinduism. It is eloquent throughout, which demonstrates Watts' particular ability to make concepts alien to Western readers accessible. Nevertheless, I think anyone starting their exploration of Eastern spirituality might get a bit bogged down if this is the first book they read. A better start would Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now, especially the first third of that book. For those who have already done a bit of reading on this subject, however, this book is an absolute gem.
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on 7 June 1998
I suffered from anxiety disorder following a psychotic reaction to marijiana.
Two and a half years into my disorder I discover this book.
BAM! It changed my life. Watts seems to understand instantly the vicious circle that is an anxiety disorder - and the way out of it!
Read this book and get your friends to read it!
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on 22 August 2014
This book was absolutely incredible. Upon reading it, it felt like it was written for me! The book has helped me immensely and was the first book in Alan Watt's extensive library i read. As others have expressed this book is timeless and it too shocks me that this book was written in 1968 - a testament to Watt's nature.

Its a great start to exploring the world from Alan Watt's point of view and for those who are interested in alternatives to todays self help genre, and in my opinion more effective. I will enjoy revisiting this book and frequently find myself referencing to it.

This video highlights one of the key themes and messages from the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emHAoQGoQic
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on 26 June 1997
Alan Watts, best known as the foremost interpreter of Zen Buhddism to the West. A Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Divinity, Dr. Watts pulls together insecurities of our own lives that have been unaware to us, and puts them in our laps to review. Our insecurities of what religion teaches us to believe and what science claims as actual fact. Alan Watts writes this is in almost poetic form and nature, bringing to life the beauty, not only in his words, but in the life before you as well.
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on 24 January 2013
This is the only book you need,you could throw the rest away.Amazingly written in the fifties,before modern self help books were invented,and the counter culture was going to the green grocer.
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on 25 August 2014
Deep yet accessible, mysterious but clear. One of those one in a million things- a free thinking liberated mind virtually unknown in the educated and advanced western world.
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on 19 May 1999
If you're scared to challenge beliefs you've always held to be true, don't touch this book. If you're ready to think about things in a way most people don't, this book could put you right on a path that's so fresh and inspiring, it's lead me to read every book Watts wrote and explore the various Eastern religions he always refers to. The Wisdom of Insecurity discusses extremely foreign and complex concepts in a way that is beautiful to read and calming to imagine.
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on 18 January 2014
this book gave words to the incoherence and confusion in which I was/am living and many times I smiled in recognition and in simple satisfaction. it doesn't provide any practical solutions, that is left to the reader, but it points the way. I found it to be a rather lovely combination of grounded bookishness and 'wonder', for want of a better word.
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on 22 July 1999
A very readable book that gives you, in some ways, an alternitive perspective on things. It is full of common sense and can teach a person something new, about herself and/or the world around her, every time they read it. A genuine article!
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on 19 September 2013
It's like Zen, man. I read it cover to cover and found it most enjoyable however, it was more of a nostalgic 'trip' as I have discovered all those things he writes about for myself by 'living and learning' and seeking my own little Tao (the way of the mouse - shhhh! not for everybody).
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