Isolated Contemplations Of A Twittering Screen

Each day I go for an hour long walk.  It can get boring at times, but I’ve found it really helps to listen to different lectures, audio books, and music, which moves the time along.   My favorite person to listen to is Alan Watts, an Eastern philosopher who discusses culture, life, and religion.  Here is a lecture excerpt where he’s discussing our culture and what’s wrong with it.

It’s very rare for a speaker or author to fundamentally change the way I view myself, the world, and others, but Alan Watts does that for me.  When I think like him, I feel at peace with the world, with other people, and with everything around me.  I’m kinder, more empathetic, less judgmental, and more thoughtful.  I’d recommend downloading his talks and listening to them when you’re out and about.  They’re available online for free.

The other day I was discussing isolation with my friend Greg, and I want to share some of the things we were thinking about in my next post.  Maybe I’ll write about it tomorrow or this weekend.

2 thoughts on “Isolated Contemplations Of A Twittering Screen”

  1. Jason, how gratifying it is to read your post about Alan Watts’ powerfully positive influence on you! Your words could just as easily be my own. No one has impacted my way of understanding the world more than Watts or brought more peace to my soul. This is part of what I wrote recently after being accepted into an Alan Watts group on Facebook recently:

    “I discovered Alan Watts around 1972 when I turned on KSAN radio (a legendary San Francisco Bay Area progressive music station at that time) early one Sunday morning and heard this bewitchingly mellifluous voice speaking with dazzling eloquence about things I’d never heard of before but which immediately made so much intuitive sense, and I was hooked on Alan Watts. Since then, I’ve probably read almost every book, listened to almost every talk, and watched almost every video this self-described “philosophical entertainer” par excellence ever produced, and I’ve also read two fascinating biographies about him. I regret that I never saw him in person, but I don’t regret for one moment that he’s unquestionably had the greatest impact on my worldview and on my, for want of a better phrase, verbal aesthetic of anyone.”

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