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The Wisdom of Insecurity

by- Alan Wilson Watts

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Alan Watts examines the contradictory character of contemporary life in his 1951 book The Wisdom of Insecurity: we pursue ambitions and seek financial objects that promise bliss but leave us feeling empty and more nervous than before. When we dwell on unproductive ideas about the future or the past, we lose sight of what is most important - the current now.

Alan Wilson Watts was a British writer and speaker who popularised and interpreted Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. He traveled to the United States in 1938, after being born in Chislehurst, England, and began Zen study in New York. In 1945, he got a master's degree in theology from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and was ordained as an Episcopal priest. In 1950, he resigned from the ministry and relocated to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

• Anxiety patients looking for happiness
• Those unhappy in life
• Whoever is interested in modern philosophy