A few weeks ago, I read the book ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity’ by Alan Watts, the British philosopher who has become part of pop culture over the past 50 years. I had listened to his talks
for quite a while, but reading the books is something else. I’m not able to give a good summary of what the book is about, but this quote shows the clarity of the writing: “The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
It’s full of those nuggets that give you the feeling you have become smarter in an instant ;) (right before you forget about them again). Generally, I’ve changed my mind when it comes to what to expect from books about the philosophy of life: I think it’s rather a way of entertainment than really straightforward advice for dealing with modern life. Just reading the quote above would be enough advice for the rest of our time: Develop a practice of staying in the moment and live life to the fullest in every second [full stop]. Much of the rest is the brain trying to explain things we cannot figure out anyways. That also seems to be the reason why super smart people who read the crazy smart books (and therefore are constantly searching for answers outside of themselves) are not happier than somebody who has never read a book about philosophy: It’s just all about what you personally enjoy doing. What I’m saying: Don’t study philosophy if you don’t enjoy it. It’s pointless.
2. Movie: The Last King of Scotland
Good movie and it’s on Netflix.