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I really tried reading it but there was so much back and forth rhetoric that it made it painful to follow. It did not make any sense to me. Lot's of words with empty meaning, very abstract and boring. I wish I could get a refund. I only chose it because it had great reviews but it was a disappointment.
After 99 pages of breaking down human perception and setting up an argument for the necessity of following his way of thinking Watts provides this little nugget "To ask how to do this [this being awakening out of the mouse-trap of anxiety and unhappiness], what is the technique or method, what are the steps and rules, is to miss the point utterly." Consider your point missed by this reader. If you want to read a book on philosophical profundities with absolutely no useful (or I should say usable) insight then this is it. Otherwise steer clear and seek out the Stoics, whose philosopher of "experiencing the moment" is more practicable.
This book was recommended to me by an acquaintance, but I just didn't "get it." Maybe I need the coloring-book version for the intellectually challenged, but whatever, I just couldn't connect with it at all. I guess if you're not a philosophy major, I would have to say, skip this one.
There are some good solid common sense ideas in this book. We should step out of the crazed race to the top and enjoy the here and now. That to enjoy life to the fullest we have to open ourselves up, despite the fact this can make us vulnerable. We should accept the rough with the smooth, stop dwelling on past pains and free ourselves from being eaten up by anxiety of the future.
I didn't enjoy it, it is wishy washy pop philosophy mixed with alot of handwaving.
Ugh. I've heard such good things about Alan Watts... but this just wasn't for me. It's full of trite self-help platitudes and doesn't really offer anything that people don't already know, themselves. Boring.