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The Wisdom of Insecurity Audiobook

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

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Alan W. Watts' "message for an age of anxiety" is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published. We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future, too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our anxious efforts to ensure the next moment is as enjoyable.

Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Watts argues that it is only by acknowledging what we do not and cannot know that we can find something truly worth knowing. In order to lead a fulfilling life, one must embrace the present - live fully in the now.

Elegantly reasoned and lucidly written, this philosophical achievement contains all the wisdom and spirit that distinguished Watts' long career and resonates with us still.

©1951 Pantheon Books (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • IW, Albuquerque
    16/03/16
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    "more pointed and considerate than his lectures"

    narrator was very good. easy to understand and pronounced words in the conventional way. Refreshing, especially if you ve only listened to Watts speak extemporaneously

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Robertson
    25/07/17
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    "Alan Watts, a master of deepities."

    This book is an accomplishment of rhetoric. almost all that is said sounds inspired and seems to point toward some great truth. however after close examination of the claims and arguments in this book it is easy to see that almost none of it makes any sense whatsoever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ja
    9/07/17
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    "Relief"

    I was raised as a Christian, my parents, both mother and father are pasters. Wisdom is the structure for successful religions, in Christianity there is much to be found, yet I can't deny that I have heard life changing wisdom outside of my own beliefs. I am at the age now where I have began to question and keep an open mind, a game of, follow the wisdom. Anxiety disorder is something I continue to fight, win and lose on a daily basis, I see as well as who I am suppose to be in my religion contributes to that anxiousness I feel.
    I would be a fool and have no since of wisdom in me if I where to deny this book, it speaks to me on a level I can't deny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    23/06/17
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    "Should be required reading!"

    I grew up a preacher's kid, became a Vascular Surgeon, and today I am also as an Addiction Medicine physician. This concise book encompasses the things I was really seeking on this journey but did not realize I was seeking. Religion vs Science, Mind vs Body, Connection vs Separation, Self vs self. All of these and more are brilliantly stated and reconciled, not in a way to provide answers, but to bring wonder. These puzzle pieces are arranged enough to bring form and shape to big questions. I gave the performance a 4 only because I have heard tapes spoken by Alan Watts himself, and no one compares.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
    26/05/17
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    "the book i never knew i needed"

    incredible. this gem is something ill cherish always. the present moment is a beautiful thing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maven
    29/03/17
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    "Good but not as mindblowing as You're It"

    An insightful book with many pearls of wisdom not present in Watt's lectures: "You're it" and "Out of Your Mind"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret E. Hess
    20/03/17
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    "The honest truth? I didn't finish."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I only got half through. It seemed he was talking about some obvious stuff.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alan Watts before, how does this one compare?

    nope


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a voice


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    23/02/17
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    "Watts does it again!"

    Another wonderful book from the thoughtful Alan Watts. I've listened to many of his lectures & have read "The Book." The Wisdom of Insecurity IMO is one of his best pieces of work, enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Randy
    9/02/17
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    "This should be a MS/HS requirement"

    This book is ageless. There's so much wisdom inside that every child should read it in middle or high school. Watts eloquently explains how an undivided mind, in the present, is our ticket to happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    15/01/17
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    "Essentail reading"
    Where does The Wisdom of Insecurity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as one of the best books I have listened to on Audible.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Wisdom of Insecurity?

    Presents a great way of looking at the world. Eye opening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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