Alan Wilson Watts was born on the 6th of January, 1915 and died on the 16th
of November, 1973. Alan Watts was born in Kent, England.
Published books by Alan Watts include "In My Own Way", "The
Spirit of Zen" , "The Meaning of Happiness" and "The
Two Hands of God."
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- If "natural"
means "good" or "wise," human beings can improve
on animals, though they do not always do so.
- But human beings,
especially in Western civilization, make death the great bogey.
- Because the usual
image of God is of a very serious and awesome Grandfather, enthroned
in a colossal church-and, of course, in church one may decorously "rejoice-
but not have real, rip-roaring fun.
- Individual feelings
about death are conditioned by social altitudes, and it is doubtful
that there is any one natural and inborn emotion connected with dying.
- Premature death
may come as a result of sickness, but--like birth--death as such is
not a sickness at all. It is the natural and necessary end of human
- I am not saying
that there is no personal continuity beyond death--only that believing
in it keeps us in bondage.
- And then comes
the hitherto unbelievable surprise: you don't die because you were never
born. You had just forgotten who you are.
- When we are children,
our other selves, our families, friends, and teachers, do everything
possible to confirm us in the illusion of separateness--to help us to
be genuine fakes.
- By means of scientific
prediction and its technical applications, we are trying to gain maximum
control over our surroundings and ourselves.
- If, then there
is this basic unity between self and other, individual and universe,
how have our minds become so narrow that we don't know it?
- It is a special
kind of enlightenment to have this feeling that the usual, the way things
normally are, is odd--uncanny and highly improbable.
- This feeling of
being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat
contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms)
in the sciences.
by Alan Watts
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