Myth of Myself-Alan Watts Appreciation

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  1. Make-U-Tap

    Make-U-Tap Anti Social People Person

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    So many times I'd like to post individual videos that speak directly to the topics that are being discussed like death and life in some threads here. However I worry they will get buried within.

    So I decided to share some of my favorites here. It may not appeal to all but I suggest giving a couple a listen. I refer back to these teachings regularly to remind me that things are as they should be...for the most part.

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    Anyone else here appreciate his teachings/philosophy or others of the same vein?

    Any others you can suggest to me?
     
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    Well I'm taking some time with my quiet friend
    Well I'm takin' some time on my own.
    Well I'm makin' some plans for my getaway
    There'll be blue skies shining up above
    When I'm cloud hidden
    Cloud hidden
    Whereabouts unknown

    Well I've got to get out of the rat-race now
    I'm tired of the ways of mice and men
    And the empires all turning into rust again.
    Out of everything nothing remains the same
    That's why I'm cloud hidden
    Cloud hidden
    Whereabouts unknown

    Sittin' up on the mountain-top in my solitude
    Where the morning fog comes rollin' in
    Just might do me some good.

    Well I'm waiting in the clearing with my motor on
    Well it's time to get back to the town again
    Where the air is sweet and fresh in the countryside
    Well it won't be long before I'll be back here again
     
  3. Make-U-Tap

    Make-U-Tap Anti Social People Person

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    I'm kind of ashamed to say I don't recall ever hearing this song. But it names Watts last book in the refrain. Great song and sounds as if Alan himself would have written something like this.

    Thanks
     
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    Yes, Van was a big admirer of Alan Watts and you find similar ideas/philosophy in Van's work. I would like to look a bit more into Watts, it is very much the sort of thing that I am interested in, so I'll listen to those videos you posted later.
     
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    Make-U-Tap Anti Social People Person

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    This is the exact video I wanted to post in the "Are you scared to get old" thread earlier. But as I said I was worried it would just get buried. Which got me thinking to start this one.

    Good choice Atheist.
     
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    I'm convinced he's completely insane but I can't help smiling whenever I hear him speak.

    When his name popped up in HER my gf and I were the only ones in the theatre who laughed. Loved it.
     
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    Graves ******WTF Belt****** Platinum Member

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    yea, wasn't it his voice who stole scarlett johanson's voice from dude in that movie?
    bitch move, man.
     
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    Alan has definitely made coping with the death of close ones a lot easier, for example. Alan was very personable in both his speeches & writings, making him extremely accessible to those who are not very familiar with philosophy in general, and he was able to popularize a lot of eastern philosophies for western thinkers.

    The Joyous Cosmology is also worth note, because it's one of the most epic trip reports of all time.
     
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    I like Watts, although he seems fragmented and like he's kinda just freestyling much of the time.

    Nevertheless, he still says things that stimulate my imagination and I often find his ramblings uplifting.

     
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    alan watts did a shit ton of shrooms and peyote.
    just sayin
     
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    Over the years I've noticed your posts (no homo) and it doesn't surprise me that you like Watts.

    He is not the only one I listen to...but the exact one I relate to most.
     
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    Lol, yea I'm a bit of a philosophy fan (Appreciate the thread, BTW). Guess it bleeds into my posts.

    Awesome quote by Watt and one I can really relate to:

    "I owe my solitude to other people."
     
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    ^ Watts isn't really philosophy. It's philosophically-inspired mysticism.

    He's a fantastic speaker and plays with concepts in a compelling way but I could never shake the feeling that the system was empty at the core.
     
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    JonesBones Excuse my contraflow

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    What system isn't?

    He is a Nietzsche like character in that sense.

    "What are man's truths ultimately? Merely his irrefutable errors."
     
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    Neat. I'll give these a listen soon.
     
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