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22 Thought-Provoking Quotes from The Wisdom of Insecurity by Allan Watts

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In his book, ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity’ Allan Watts mainly discusses how modern society lives for a future that doesn’t exist. He wonders why most people want to live a secure life in an uncertain world. Allan believes the best way to live is by living in the now, because ‘the now’ is the only moment we can truly experience. Besides this, he teaches that we suffer because we separate ourselves from our experiences.

I read the book thrice and noted down the following thought-provoking quotes from it.

  1. “To stand face to face with insecurity is still not to understand it. To understand it you must be it.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity)
  2. “It must be obvious, from the start, that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).”
  3. “The question, “what shall we do about it? Is only asked by those who don’t understand the problem. If a problem can be solved at all, to understand it and to know what to do about it are the same thing.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  4. “Most of us believe in order to feel secure and make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful. Belief has thus become an attempt to hang on to life, to grasp and keep it for one’s own.” (Allan Watts, the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  5. “If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present moment. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  6. “If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  7. “Most atheists and agnostics are neurotic, whereas most simple Catholics are happy and at peace with themselves.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  8. “Religious ideas are like words – of little use, and often misleading, unless you know the concrete reality to which they refer.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  9. “If science cannot prove there is no God, we can try to live and act on the bare chance that he may exist after all.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  10. “The common error of ordinary religious practice is to mistake the symbol for the reality. (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity). ”
  11. “Because life is likewise a flowing process, change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their exclusion is to work against life.’ (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  12. ‘If I am so busy planning how to eat next week that I cannot fully enjoy what I am eating now, I will be in the same predicament when next week’s meals become “now.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  13. “The future is quite meaningless and unimportant unless, sooner or later, it’s going to become the present.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  14. “To resist change. To try to cling to life, is therefore like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  15. “The miracles of technology cause us to live in a hectic, clockwork world that does violence to human biology, enabling us to do nothing but pursue the future faster and faster.’ (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  16. “The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it’s designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  17. ‘Reality or, if you will, God cannot be comprehended by the finite mind.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  18. “You will cease to feel isolated when you recognize, for example, that you do not have a sensation of the sky, you are that sensation.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  19. “Because the future is everlastingly unattainable, and like the dangled carrot, always ahead of the donkey, the fulfillment of the divine purpose does not lie in the future. It is found in the present.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  20. “The working inhabitants of a modern city are people who live inside a machine to be batted around by its wheels. They spend their days in activities which largely boil down to counting and measuring, living in a world of rationalized abstraction which has little relation to or harmony with the great biological rhythms and processes.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  21. “The function of the brain is to serve the present and the real, not to send man chasing wildly after the phantom of the future.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  22. “The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing.”(Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).

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Top 30 Insightful Truths You Must Know Right Now

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Top 30 Insightful Truths You Must Know Right Now

In 2019, I shared over 70 harsh truths of life in two blog posts. Today, I’ll share 30 insightful truths I realized after thinking deeply about life.

  1. Stop labeling things and you’ll realize that everything is a miracle.
  2. The attachment to material things disappears when you stop seeking happiness in these things.
  3. Mostly, failed expectations are the main source of stress.
  4. The future is a form of memory because we use memory to imagine the future.
  5. There is no past or future because past and future exist in the mind. The present moment is all that will ever be.
  6. You can think about the past and the future, but you’ll never get out of the present moment.
  7. We condemn each other because we avoid studying ourselves.
  8. You’ll easily attain inner peace when you stop judging your thoughts.
  9. Every creature lives in its illusion. Man is the only animal that can see past the illusion.
  10. Beauty is spiritual: only man and God can recognize it.
  11. Man is special; he is the only creature that can rise to godliness through virtue
  12. You fear challenges because you dwell in the egoic state of consciousness
  13. You can’t destroy your ego, but you can rise above it.
  14. Check your thoughts and you’ll realize that a large percentage of them are negative.
  15. Worry occurs when you overanalyze the negative side of a situation.
  16. Every day, we have two great choices; we can move towards growth or step back into safety.
  17. Ignore the naysayers, they will always project their fears on you and eventually make you a negative thinker.
  18. Life only gets better when you get better.
  19. Prayer changes an event by enabling you to tune into your spiritual power. The spiritual power then changes things according to your desire. Remember, the spiritual is superior to the physical since it created it.
  20. Man is the only creature that refuses to accept life the way it is, and for this reason, he is the only creature that thinks life is suffering.
  21. We all want success but we avoid doing what it takes to be successful.
  22. Every creature is in tune with life. Man is the only creature that can choose whether to be in tune or not.
  23. Every creature uses its gift correctly. Man is the only creature that misuses his gifts.
  24. The world is an amazing magical place that we seldom bother exploring since we are focused on acquiring wealth and maintaining our ego.
  25. Constant worry and fear appear when you live in an illusion or when you live out of tune with life.
  26. Gratitude only arises when you realize that everything is a gift.
  27. Nothing can prevent an intelligent, all-powerful spirit that is obsessed with our survival (GOD) from answering our prayers.
  28. The most valuable things in life are free.
  29. Don’t share big plans with many people, most of them will discourage you.
  30. You only become wise when you accept that you don’t know anything.

THE END

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17 Most Empowering Eminem Lyrics of All Time

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15 Most Empowering Eminem Lyrics of All Time

Eminem is my favorite rapper. I love most of his songs because they are emotional and I relate to them. Besides, I love the way he uses rap to encourage his fans to work hard, exploit opportunities, and cope with hard times. For this reason, I usually note down some of his powerful lyrics, which I love reading when taking a risk, stressed, or when I need motivation.

Two years ago, I shared the success lessons I learned from this rapper. Today, I’ll share some of his powerful lyrics.

Enjoy:

  1. ‘When I say I’ma do something, I do it, I don’t give a damn what you think, I’m doing this for me.’ – Not Afraid
  2. ‘Until the roof, comes off, until my legs give out from underneath me.  I will not fall, I will stand tall.’ – Till I Collapse
  3. That’s why we seize the moment, try to freeze it and own it. Squeeze it and hold it, cause we consider these minutes golden.’ –  Sing for the Moment
  4. ‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up, but you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face.’ –  Till I Collapse
  5. ‘I’ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt, undoubtedly, and all those who look down on me, I’m tearing down your balcony.’ – Not Afraid
  6. ‘The passion in the flame is ignited, you can’t put it out once we light it.’ – Forever
  7. ‘You’re so familiarized with what having to swallow this pill is like, it happens all the time, they take your heart and steal your life. And it’s as though you feel you’ve died, cause you’ve been killed inside. But yet you’re still alive, which means you will survive.’ – Beautiful Pain
  8. ‘You’ll never slow the momentum at any moment, I’m about to blow.’ –  No Love
  9. I’m a soldier. These shoulders hold up so much. They won’t budge. I’ll never fall or fold up.’ – Soldier
  10. I’m a soldier. Even if my collarbones crush or crumble. I’ll never slip or stumble.’ – Soldier
  11. ‘The moment, you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.’ – Lose Yourself
  12. I’ve been chewed up, and spit out, and booed off stage, but I kept rhyming and stepped right in the next cypher/competition.’ – Lose Yourself
  13. ‘Success is my only motherf*?king option, failure’s not.’ – Lose Yourself
  14. Throw the match, set the past ablaze.’ – Beautiful Pain
  15. ‘Life is too short and I got no time to sit around just wasting it.’ – That’s All She Wrote
  16. ‘Fighters keep fighting, put your lighters up point them skyward up.’ – Lighters
  17. ‘From now on I’m refusing to ever give up. The only thing I ever gave up is using more excuses.’ – Lighters

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