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Alan Watts discusses Nothing


Religion doesn’t just cloud our minds. It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves– to replace reason with its opposite, faith. And when men operate on faith, they can no longer be reasoned with, which makes them more dangerous than any sane man, good or evil.
- James L. Sutter (via liberatingreality)

You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.
-  Frank McCourtAngela’s Ashes

It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.
- W.G. SebaldVertigo

I consider conversations with people to be mind exercises, but I don’t want to pull a muscle, so I stretch a lot. That’s why I’m constantly either rolling my eyes or yawning.
- Jarod KintzIt Occurred to Me

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

What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.
- Alan Watts

What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle-age.
- Sylvia Plath, 7 November 1959, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (via lifeinpoetry)

My life was filled with people who only wanted other people around to share in their misery, so I severed the cord from them completely and found life a little lighter to carry.