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The Wisdom of Insecurity, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, This is It, Cloud Hidden-Whereabouts unknown are my favorites, but in general, you can’t go wrong. (Allthough I just read Still The Mind, also by AW, but thought it was really basic).
His general ideas come from his insights into the interconnectedness of all things. He uses many metaphors that makes it apparant that we, without our environment, couldn’t exist, that, in the same way our environment influences us, we influence the environment.
I learned that the normal idea of who or what I am was not correct, or complete. That ideas are abstract concepts symbolizing reality that walk a linear path and that they never completely describe how things are because it is based in exclusion, in duality.
Meh, guess it’s kinda hard to summarize, read some of his works, its pure poetry, and come back to the topic! :)
I loved The Book and all his recordings. I just read still the mind as well, but I think it was just a bunch of transcribed recordings that I already listened to many times. I’ve also read his autobiography In My Own Way and it’s fantastic.
Theres a documentary in the works by his son but it needed funding last time I checked.
It also interests me that Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to hate and make fun of everyone and everything through south park, but then they go and make animations for this guy Alan Watts on youtube. It seems they really do enjoy some things in life besides curse words and fart jokes. South Park is the shit though for sure.
Here’s the full one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE5M8743a1s
I don’t think south park is randomly picking on people, I think they are really smart and use incredible metaphors for things happening in our society that are, well, just ridiculous.
Watts is awesome! Like Martijn said, he says stuff that’s already been talked about a lot, but in such a relatable way and with incredible/memorable metaphors. He’s so logical about everything which makes him perfect for skeptics and perfect for my sometimes relentlessly analytic brain. Very inspiring. I love his essay “Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety” in the book “This is It”(collection of essays).
Thanks for the link to that documentary Aaron, definitely watching it today.
just purchased another 5 books of his after reading the taboo against knowing yourself and become what you are, this man has just opened my level of understanding and got me deeply thinking, in a really amusing way
can’t stop lending them to anyone who pays any attention!
@michel. thanks for saying that. now i just am trying to stay in the moment and not get crazed by all the info from the crazy world out there which we can not avoid. watching it change, and happy to be part of the positive changes that are going on in the minds and hearts of all of us …
I love this guy, read almost all of his books and listened hours to him. It’s all the same philosophy/psychology really but he has such a wit for them that you learn something new every time. Must watch!