I picked up The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts recently at a Barnes & Noble in Arizona. Needed something for the plane.
I saw it recommended somewhere as essential reading.
A lot of it sounds very woo woo when you say it out loud, but I think it’s important to wrap your head these obvious truths every once in a while. Like the fact that we depend on outsiders/enemies to define ourselves. “All winners need losers; all saints need sinners; all sages need fools.”
Even if you reject your ego and attempt to live your life in the most spiritual way, you’re playing the same game. And that’s the big joke of life, right?
I like to define myself as someone who doesn’t take duck face selfies, because I’m not that egotistical. But it’s so egotistical of me to say “I’m less egotistical than they are!”
“The more you strive for some sort of perfection or mastery – in morals, in art, or in spirituality – the more you see that you are playing a rarified and lofty form of the old ego-game, and that your attainment of any height is apparent to yourself and to others only by contrast with someone else’s depth or failure.”