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!
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.
@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’ve downloaded a ton of audiobooks, videos and books by Allan Watts. Now I’m listening to “Out of Your Mind”
Great stuff. Long live torrents.
He’s brilliant. Because of him, I have entirely new perspectives on the ego, the interconnectedness of life, the silliness of much of modern behavior, and the limitations of language.
In one of my favorite lectures, he pulls apart language by explaining a game called vish (short for vicious circle) in which you look up a word in the dictionary, then look up its keywords, then those keywords, repeating the process until you arrive back at the original word. This circular reasoning displays that although we have created words for nearly everything we can conceive, they never bridge the gap to external reality and thus are very limited. I already knew words were simply unable to cover certain mental activity and experience, but this is the most articulate and easy to understand way of looking at it I’ve heard.