Buddha Bookshelf: The Wisdom of Insecurity

“Human desire tends to be insatiable.” – Alan W. Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts discusses the energy and strain we exhibit to be secure in our lives, driven by fear. There is no certainty in our future so once we recognize this we can find a salvation in living in the present. This is very similar to Buddhist concepts on impermanence and the suffering associated with desire. Alan Watts has a wonderful way of delivering these philosophies and his writing is a beautiful reminder to let go of insecurities when we can…  A fascinating man himself he has a no nonsense approach to delivering his message.

“To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape.”  – Alan W. Watts

 

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