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
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
"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
"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"
"The honest truth? I didn't finish."
Yes, but I only got half through. It seemed he was talking about some obvious stuff.
"Watts does it again!"
Another wonderful book from the thoughtful Alan Watts. I've listened to many of his lectures & have read "The Book." The Wisdom of Insecurity IMO is one of his best pieces of work, enjoy!
"This should be a MS/HS requirement"
This book is ageless. There's so much wisdom inside that every child should read it in middle or high school. Watts eloquently explains how an undivided mind, in the present, is our ticket to happiness.
It ranks as one of the best books I have listened to on Audible.
Presents a great way of looking at the world. Eye opening
"Very very deep..."
This was my first book by Alan Watts and I loved it so much. He explains insecurity in a whole new level of understanding, and if you think you are capable to understand, go ahead and dive.
I will definetly reread this book. This book is in a Top 10 book, that I read for the whole time, and the best book on insecurity. I Highly recommend it.
PS: I write this addition afterward reading this book after 2 weeks, and I can say, that this book have something really deep inside. I can definetly say, that it changed a lot of aspects of my life, on different levels of conciousness. I never before done rewieing afterward, but this book trully and absolutly worth it.
"I love Alan Watts"
There is many lessons to take from this book, and I definitely learned a thing or two, so I would say it was a worth while read. However if you are familiar with Alan Watts there really is not a ton of nuanced information. 4/5
"An excellent inquiry of awareness."
I liked it. It's nice to read. Good thoughts. Wonder is the greatest state of man.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.