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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; 4Rev Ed edition (17 Sept. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712695885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712695886
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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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)"

"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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classic look at man's search for certainty from the acclaimed expert on Eastern philosophy

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Words literally cannot describe the mental breakthroughs I've had from reading Alan Watts over the last year. This book put the cherry on top of the MOUNTAIN of wisdom this man has shared with me. I am not religious or spiritually engaging person, but this book has reignited my awareness of my spirit and brought upon a calm attitude to my thought process, that one can only compare to the innocence of being a children again. Alan takes you on a journey, his own journey but also at the same time guides you towards your own and maybe untold journey. This is not purely based on spiritual or religious point of view, but a some what philosophical story telling experience about mankind's illusions or themselves in the world whilst inevitably compare yourself to these realities. How he mastered to make so many millions of people relate to his words individually is true genius. The laws of anxiety in my mind I thought to be real, started to fade away whilst reading this book. He allows the reader to see past the words and into their own spirit at the same time. You should read this book with a open mind, not with a closed and self obsessed mind. If you cannot let in the possibility that everything you think you know about the self the "I" is not true, then you MUST read this book. If you know anyone who shows deep discontent with the normal routines of day to day life, encourage them TO READ THIS BOOK. If you yourself seem to have a constant dissatisfaction or even distraction with the daily deeds of life it self then please again READ THIS BOOK... no one should find any negatives from facing themselves with the guidance of Alan. Zen Mind & Singularity is key x
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A pleasure to read, a revelation of wonder and clarity.

Ones you've read and tasted J. Krishnamurti, this is the next level. It hits you with a plain and pleasant Bang.

Thanks Mr. Watts for putting plain views to paper.
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A first pass read is probably not enough to enable absorbing what this book is about. Hence the headline. I will need to go round again.
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Only a few pages in and already I feel I've learned so much.
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Good so far
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Alan Watts was one of the great popularisers of 'eastern' thinking in the west. This 1951 classic is probably an excellent starting point for anyone wanting an introduction to Watts' writing. Even though this book is well over 60 years old, it remains an extremely timely read, and it is surprisingly fresh in both its approach and thinking. Watts' starting point is the predicament of western man in the mid twentieth century; the book is definitely a product of 'you've never had it so good' 1950's materialism. Watts was one of the first people to detect the spiritual emptiness that many people feel in modern society (in spite of rising living standards and longevity) and in this book he proposes, if not a cure for this feeling of emptiness, then at least a new way of looking at things.

Watts also shows how scientific scepticism has undermined the belief in God. Watts sums up this stance perfectly: 'If, the scientists would say, you believe in God, you must do so on purely emotional grounds, without basis in logic or fact.' Needless to say such scepticism has grown inordinately since Watts wrote these words and it has perhaps reached its zenith in recent years with the 'New Atheist' movement. This scientific viewpoint has made the belief in the Christian God untenable for many western people, and it is to such an audience that Watts aims his writing.

There are so many pithy statements in this book; every page seems to contain a phrase or sentence that just leaps out at you and I love Watts' distinction between faith and belief: 'belief clings while faith lets go.' You could certainly see similarities between Watts' writing in this book and the work of J. Krishnamurti in such books as 'The First and Last Freedom.
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Pure brilliance, I loved this book.
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I loved reading this book and would recommend it to anyone :)
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