Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality by Alan Watts

By Alan Watts

This can be a sequence of essays representing thinker Alan Watts's most up-to-date considering at the surprising difficulties of man's kin to his fabric atmosphere. the elemental topic is that civilized guy confuses image with truth, his methods of describing and measuring the realm with the realm itself, and therefore places himself into the absurd scenario of who prefer funds to wealth and consuming the menu rather than the dinner.

Thus, along with his awareness locked upon numbers and ideas, guy is more and more subconscious of nature and of his overall dependence upon air, water, vegetation, animals, bugs, and micro organism. He has been hallucinated into the suggestion that the so-called "external" global is a cluster of "objects" break free himself, that he "encounters" it, that he comes into it rather than out of it. hence, our species is fouling its personal nest and is in drawing close hazard of self-obliteration.

Here, a thinker whose works were commonly keen on mysticism and Oriental philosophy will get right down to the "nitty-gritty" difficulties of economics, know-how, garments, cooking, and housing.

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Pleasure we anticipated vanishes, no sooner than it is produced, and new expectations then arise contributing to mental pain again. New acquisitions, which produce happiness and pleasure 37 for a certain period of time, give rise to disappointment, despair and frustration. Different Kinds of Happiness Buddhism speaks of different kinds of happiness. Monks’ happiness (pabbajjà-sukha) is contrasted with laymen’s happiness (gihi-sukha). In the same way happiness of sensual enjoyment (kàma-sukha) is contrasted with happiness of renunciation (nekkhamma sukha).

Because the internal and external conflicts that one has to face throughout one’s life are signified by the concept of suffering in Buddhism, some are of the opinion that ‘conflict’ is the best English word that carries full import of the Pali word. To a greater extent, the cultivation of right attitude to life will ease some of the suffering that one has to encounter, because it is obvious that wrong attitude to life contributes much of the suffering. Feeling of something lacking looms large in our lives.

X, 129 41 sonal and free from mythological elements. It was the unitary world ground, the First Cause as they thought. During the time of Upanisads, many speculative theories were formulated to explain the nature of soul. As described in the Chandogya Upanisad, soul is free from death, free from sorrow, and having real thoughts. Then, the soul was recognised as the physical personality, which is seen reflected in a pan of water. But this physical personality, it is argued on empirical grounds, is subject to death; therefore it cannot be soul.

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