By Alan Watts
It is a sequence of essays representing thinker Alan Watts's most modern pondering at the outstanding difficulties of man's family to his fabric surroundings. the fundamental topic is that civilized guy confuses image with fact, his methods of describing and measuring the area with the area itself, and hence places himself into the absurd state of affairs of who prefer funds to wealth and consuming the menu rather than the dinner.
Thus, together with his cognizance locked upon numbers and ideas, guy is more and more subconscious of nature and of his overall dependence upon air, water, vegetation, animals, bugs, and micro organism. He has been hallucinated into the concept that the so-called "external" global is a cluster of "objects" cut loose himself, that he "encounters" it, that he comes into it rather than out of it. as a result, our species is fouling its personal nest and is in drawing close probability of self-obliteration.
Here, a thinker whose works were often occupied with mysticism and Oriental philosophy will get right down to the "nitty-gritty" difficulties of economics, expertise, garments, cooking, and housing.
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