Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality

Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality

Alan Watts


it is a sequence of essays representing thinker Alan Watts's latest considering at the fabulous difficulties of man's kin to his fabric atmosphere. the elemental subject matter is that civilized guy confuses image with truth, his methods of describing and measuring the area with the realm itself, and therefore places himself into the absurd state of affairs of who prefer funds to wealth and consuming the menu rather than the dinner.

Thus, along with his realization locked upon numbers and ideas, guy is more and more subconscious of nature and of his overall dependence upon air, water, crops, animals, bugs, and micro organism. He has been hallucinated into the thought that the so-called "external" global is a cluster of "objects" cut loose himself, that he "encounters" it, that he comes into it rather than out of it. accordingly, our species is fouling its personal nest and is in approaching probability of self-obliteration.

Here, a thinker whose works were more often than not fascinated by mysticism and Oriental philosophy will get right down to the "nitty-gritty" difficulties of economics, expertise, garments, cooking, and housing.

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