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The Wisdom of Insecurity Audiobook

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

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Publisher's Summary

Alan W. Watts' "message for an age of anxiety" is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published. We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future, too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our anxious efforts to ensure the next moment is as enjoyable.

Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Watts argues that it is only by acknowledging what we do not and cannot know that we can find something truly worth knowing. In order to lead a fulfilling life, one must embrace the present - live fully in the now.

Elegantly reasoned and lucidly written, this philosophical achievement contains all the wisdom and spirit that distinguished Watts' long career and resonates with us still.

©1951 Pantheon Books (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    IW, Albuquerque 03-16-16
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    "more pointed and considerate than his lectures"

    narrator was very good. easy to understand and pronounced words in the conventional way. Refreshing, especially if you ve only listened to Watts speak extemporaneously

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    Intetsu 10-17-17
    Intetsu 10-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing how timeless this message is... "

    Very similar in core message to Tolle and the Presence Process, but also very persuasive. The book provides a rational argument for the necessity of present moment awareness as the only basis for happiness.

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    pk 10-11-17
    pk 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "....errrrgha...too nostalgic"

    Has a way with wording but a repetitive concept and from an earlier time. Went thru two hours...dissatisfied.

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    Amazon Customer 09-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "get to the point couldn't finish. "

    is this a self-help book or a poetry so much useless gibberish ...headache couldn't finish

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    alex 09-01-17
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    I found it just didn't really feel like Alan Watts without having him be the narrator, the entertainment value just drops. Probably a good book, and nothing against the narrator, but it's just not as good

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    John 08-28-17
    John 08-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the Most Important"

    Foe those who enjoy philosophy and remarkable literature or the depth of psychology, religion and reasoning, this story is about as good as it gets. I used to read only a chapter at a time, but having it read, I contemplate and listen to as much as possible. Listening allows me relish each aha and every point being made. Such a delight!

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    Ja 07-09-17
    Ja 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Relief"

    I was raised as a Christian, my parents, both mother and father are pasters. Wisdom is the structure for successful religions, in Christianity there is much to be found, yet I can't deny that I have heard life changing wisdom outside of my own beliefs. I am at the age now where I have began to question and keep an open mind, a game of, follow the wisdom. Anxiety disorder is something I continue to fight, win and lose on a daily basis, I see as well as who I am suppose to be in my religion contributes to that anxiousness I feel.
    I would be a fool and have no since of wisdom in me if I where to deny this book, it speaks to me on a level I can't deny.

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    "Should be required reading!"

    I grew up a preacher's kid, became a Vascular Surgeon, and today I am also as an Addiction Medicine physician. This concise book encompasses the things I was really seeking on this journey but did not realize I was seeking. Religion vs Science, Mind vs Body, Connection vs Separation, Self vs self. All of these and more are brilliantly stated and reconciled, not in a way to provide answers, but to bring wonder. These puzzle pieces are arranged enough to bring form and shape to big questions. I gave the performance a 4 only because I have heard tapes spoken by Alan Watts himself, and no one compares.

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    Jay 05-26-17
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    "the book i never knew i needed"

    incredible. this gem is something ill cherish always. the present moment is a beautiful thing

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    Maven 03-29-17
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    "Good but not as mindblowing as You're It"

    An insightful book with many pearls of wisdom not present in Watt's lectures: "You're it" and "Out of Your Mind"

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    "excellent"

    runnette has a very soothing voice that delivers the message of watts' words perfectly I loved it.

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