Become What You Are by Alan W. Watts: | donkeytime.org: BooksDuring the s and s, British philosopher and writer Alan Watts began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. In fact, Watts begins by pulling into question how well-equipped traditional religions might be to answer those questions:. The standard-brand religions, whether Jewish, Christian, Mohammedan, Hindu, or Buddhist, are — as now practiced — like exhausted mines: very hard to dig. Watts considers the singular anxiety of the age, perhaps even more resonant today, half a century and a manic increase of pace later:. There is a growing apprehension that existence is a rat-race in a trap: living organisms, including people, are merely tubes which put things in at one end and let them out at the other, which both keeps them doing it and in the long run wears them out. He weighs how philosophy might alleviate this central concern by contributing a beautiful addition to the definitions of what philosophy is and recognizing the essential role of wonder in the human experience :. The task of philosophy is to cure people of such nonsense.
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Alan Watts was a gifted philosopher who tasked himself with the near impossible, putting that which transcended the knowable into words. A counterculture mystic and a spiritual entertainer with an eye on the divine, it's no surprise that Watt's philosophy and wisdom filled a number of books. Many wonder what Alan Watts book they should read first. A centerpiece in the bibliography of Watts is a piece usually referred to just as The Book. It is here where Watts sets out to discover what he believes to be the fundamental misunderstanding of who we really are. The idea of the "Ego" or self as an isolated being not connected to the rest of the universe has given us a hostile view of the world "outside of ourselves. Watts works to do away with all of these arbitrary divisions, which are products of our language and upbringing.