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Just So

Money, Materialism, and the Ineffable, Intelligent Universe
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
February, 2020
ISBN:
9781683642947
Quantity: 
3
$23.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From the luminary Alan Watts, an invitation to embrace pleasure, play, and connection in our ever-evolving world

If you were God, what kind of universe would you create? A perfect one free of suffering and drama? Or one filled with surprise and delight?

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Eastern spiritual philosophies sparked in the West profound new ways of perceiving ourselves, the mysteries of reality, and the unfolding destiny of humanity. And through his live gatherings and radio talks, Alan Watts was at the forefront—igniting astonishing insights into who we are and where we're heading.

Based on a legendary series of seminars, Just So illuminates three domains: money versus real wealth, the spirituality of a deeper materialism, and how technology and spirituality are both guiding us to ever greater interconnection in the universe that we find ourselves in.

If you watch a skilled craftsperson at work… you’ll notice their hands, how they caress and dance as they do whatever it is they do… They’ve turned the rat race into a mandala, and you can do so as well, as long as you’re not in a hurry and you’re not in a hurry because you know there’s nowhere to go… For the person who is a master of pleasure, everything in life is a ritual. You can realize the great life if you’re not looking for it.

Along the way, readers will explore many other themes, at turns humorous, prescient, and more relevant today than ever. What unfolds is a liberating view of humanity that arises from possibility and the unpredictable—perfect and just so, not in spite of its messy imperfections, but because of them.

Among the many chapter themes in this lovingly crafted book:

 Theology and the Laws of Nature

Going With

Synergy and the One World Town

Wiggles, Seriousness, and the Fear of Pleasure

Working with the Field of Forces

Now is When the World Begins

Rigidity and Identity

Relaxation, Religion, and Rituals

Are We Going to Make It?

Spontaneity and the Unborn Mind

Publisher’s Description: 

From the luminary and prophetic Alan Watts, an invitation to embrace pleasure, play, and connection in our ever-evolving world

If you were God, asked Alan Watts, what kind of universe would you create? A perfect one free of suffering and drama? Or one filled with surprise and delight?
From the 1950s to the 1970s, Eastern spiritual philosophies sparked in the West profound new ways of perceiving ourselves, the mysteries of reality, and the unfolding destiny of humanity. And through his live gatherings and radio talks, Alan Watts was at the forefrontigniting astonishing insights into who we are and where we're heading.
Based on a legendary series of seminars, Just So illuminates three fascinating domains: money versus real wealth, the spirituality of a deeper materialism, and how technology and spirituality are both guiding us to ever greater interconnection in the universe that we find ourselves in.
Along the way, readers will explore many other themes, at turns humorous, prescient, and more relevant today than ever. What unfolds is a liberating view of humanity that arises from possibility and the unpredictableperfect and just so, not in spite of its messy imperfections, but because of them.

Book highlights:

1. Going With
- Theology and the Laws of Nature
- Thinking Makes It So
- Everything Is Context
- Going With
- What We Mean by Intelligence
- Ecological Awareness
- Of Gods and Puppets

2. Civilizing Technology
- The Problem of Abstractions
- We Need a New Analogy
- Working with the Field of Forces
- Trust
- Synergy and the One World Town
- Privacy, Artificiality, and the Self
- Groups and Crowds

3. Money and Materialism
- The Material Is the Spiritual
- Money and the Good Life
- True Materialism
- Wiggles, Seriousness, and the Fear of Pleasure
- The Failure of Money and Technology
- The Problem of Guilt

4. In Praise of Swinging
- Rigidity and Identity
- Now Is Where the World Begins
- Are We Going to Make It?
- Polarization and Contrast
- No Escape

5. What Is So of Itself
- Spontaneity and the Unborn Mind
- Relaxation, Religion, and Rituals
- Saving the World

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