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November 19, 2011

Alan Watts: the Meaning of Life is Simple.

Social Conformity: why Governments & Corporations fear Outliers.

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

~ Alan Watts 

Dirty Hippies. Useless Hipsters. Broke Artists. No good.

“Insecure societies are the most intolerant.”

Without the music:

Via Reddit: “I highly recommend Alan Watt’s “The Book” for those interested in an introductory course in Zen. Here’s the .pdf for anyone interested.”

Bonus.

More bonus.

Relephant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUiwTubYu0

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oz_ Mar 24, 2012 6:13am

Scratching my head regarding the reddit comment: Zen? The Book is explicitly a discussion of the Vedanta philosophy, not Buddhism, Zen or otherwise. For that, Watts wrote 'The Way of Zen'…

karlsaliter Mar 24, 2012 1:35am

Always fun to get a dose of Bill Hicks. Ala is the balls, and I'm glad to have that pdf: haven't read The Book in quite awhile.

Lynn Hasselberger Nov 21, 2011 1:59pm

Love Alan Watts. What he says AND the sound of his voice.

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