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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Quotes From Alan Watts On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are





I have read high-praise of this book on the Internet or in one of the mindlessly repetitive self-help books I torture myself with sometimes.

So when I saw it in Kindle Unlimited program I downloaded the book. Only few pages into the book, I realized I had made a mistake. 

It's certainly not the book I wanted to waste my time reading. Thanks to the author being in love with whatever he'd learned and in love with his own writing.

Maybe, the kind of ‘breathless & confusing at times’ prose he wrote this book in, was in fashion back in his time. I'm against (re-writing) of old classics to suit new age readers, but this one needs rewriting. 

Someone need to simply the language this book is written in so one could read it without losing interest.  

Another thing I didn't like was the jumping habit of the author, moving from one mindless analogy from another, leaving confusion and nothing else. 

I'm actually proud of myself for not finishing the book but getting some good quotes from it. The quotes, in my opinion, summarize what Alan Watts wanted to say more clearly than the entire content.

Below are some quotes from the book ‘The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are’:


"Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"The more people who agree with us, the less nagging insecurity about our position." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"Individuals feelings about death are conditioned by social attitudes, and it is doubtful that there is any one natural and inborn emotion connected with dying." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"Genuine love comes from knowledge, not from a sense of duty or guilt." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"Religions are divisive and quarrelsome. They are a form of one-upmanship because they depend upon separating the 'saved' from the 'damned'. The true believers from the heretics, the in-group from the out-group. Even religious liberals play the game of 'we-re-more-tolerant-than-you'. ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"As systems of doctrine, symbolism and behavior, religions harden into institutions that must command loyalty, be defended and kept 'pure' and - because all belief is fervent hope, and thus a cover-up for doubt and uncertainty - religions must make converts." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, openness -- an act of trust in the unknown." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)



"The use of words and a book is to point beyond themselves to a world of life and experience that is not mere words or even ideas. Just as money is not real, consumable wealth, books are not life. To idolize scriptures is like eating paper currency." ~~ Alan Watts (Book: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)


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Hope you enjoyed reading this collection of quotes.