The Wisdom of Insecurity

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 16, 2011 - 160 pages
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We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. In The Wisdom of Insecurity, he shows us how, in order to lead a fulfilling life, we must embrace the present—and live fully in the now. Featuring an Introduction by Deepak Chopra.


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The book, "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle, was released in 1997 and is still a very popular book on spirituality. "The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety" came out in 1951, and ... Read full review

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I first read this book in the 1960s. I think of it periodically still, and at times quote passages. I have both print and electronic versions. I find the electronic more useful, because of the keyword search capability. Read full review


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Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

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