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The Wisdom of Insecurity

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This is the beginning of Chapter 4: The Wisdom of the Body. The book is written by Alan Watts, and is read in a calm, warming, articulate manner.

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Young Adult (18-35)


North American


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Chapter four The wisdom of the body. What is experience? What is life? What is motion? What is reality to all such questions? We must give ST Augustine s answer to the question. What is time? I know. But when you ask me, I don't experience life. Motion and reality are so many noises used to symbolize the sum of sensations, thoughts, feelings and desires. And if you ask, what are sensations, etcetera? I can only answer. Don't be silly. You know very well what they are. We can't go on to finding things indefinitely without going round in circles, to define means to fix. And when you get down to it, real life isn't fixed. It was suggested at the end of the last chapter and that this ultimate something which cannot be defined or fixed can be represented by the word God. If this is true, we know God all the time. But when we begin to think about it, we don't. For when we begin to think about experience, we try to fix it in rigid forms and ideas. It is the old problem of trying to tie of water and parcels. We're attempting to shut the wind in the box. Yet it has always been taught in religion that God is something from which one can expect wisdom and guidance. We have become accustomed to the idea that wisdom that is knowledge, advice and information and be expressed in verbal statements consisting of specific directions. If this be true, it is hard to see how any wisdom can be extracted from something impossible to define.