… an interesting take on a philosopher mentioned by Jane Friedman in her recent Toronto Romance Writers’ workshop. The gaspy speaker with the selfie stick is not Alan Watts (1915-1973), but his energetic replay of Watts’ words is powerful enough. Watts was a British philosopher, theologian and writer who popularized Eastern philosophies in the West, but with a non-religious twist.
Here’s a link to a Brain Pickings article on The Ego and The Universe and Becoming Who You Really Are.
The article is long, but thought-provoking. Watts argues that we don’t really know ourselves but play a role, and that we need “a new domain, not of ideas alone, but of experience and feeling,” something that serves as “a point of departure, not a perpetual point of reference” and offers not a new Bible but a new way of understanding human experience, “a new feeling of what it is to be an ‘I.”
Watts is now on my ever-expanding list of people to learn more about.