The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
ISBN: 0679723005
EAN13: 9780679723004
Language: English
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Book Overview
In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the outside world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human--and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
Editor Reviews
From the front Cover A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical objects.