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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Why do I make social plans, appreciate having made them after they’ve passed, but dread them heavily as they’re coming up?
In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understan…

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Why do I make social plans, appreciate having made them after they’ve passed, but dread them heavily as they’re coming up?(r/NoStupidQuestions)

Anxiety is awful and is probably the villain here. It doesn’t have to be logical: some part of you is cringing about past mistakes or awkwardness and you can’t see over the protective fence your mind built.

Here’s a quote from a book by Alan Watts, The Book: On the taboo against Knowing Who You Are: “the ego is indeed a fake—a wall of defense around a wall of defense, around nothing.”

I try to remember that what I’m protecting when I dread interacting with other people is imaginary. Sometimes it works, sometimes I just avoid things. Your choice.

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Amazon Price

$4.75

Book Binding

Paperback

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ABIS_BOOK

Book Author

Alan Watts

Book Edition

Reissue

Book Publisher

Vintage Books

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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