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Alan Watts – Being within the Means – Ep. 18 – The Unpreachable Faith – Be Right here Now Community 2022


Exploring fashionable tradition as really anti-materialistic, Alan tackles issues of sedentariness, sensuousness, isolation, work, play, God, and sexuality.

Host, Mark Watts, returns to introduce one other thought-provoking discuss from his father, Alan Watts. On this highly effective lecture—considered one of his earlier area recordings, entitled ‘The Unpreachable Faith,’—Alan turns our frequent thought of contemporary materialism on its head.

This sequence is delivered to you by the Alan Watts Group and Ram Dass’ Love Serve Keep in mind Basis. Go to Alanwatts.org for full talks from Alan Watts.

Western Tradition as Anti-Materialist

Alan begins this mind-bending lecture by flipping on its head our frequent thought of Western Tradition as rampantly materialistic. Alan argues, in actual fact, that international locations like america are literally anti-materialistic cultures, as they appear devoted to the destruction of the fabric world.

“America is essentially an anti-materialistic civilization—not maybe a lot as by intent, as within the basic impact of its motion. It appears devoted, virtually I would say, to the annihilation and destruction of the fabric world, and to its conversion to a junk heap of unimaginable dimensions.” – Alan Watts

Hearken to Alan in Half 1 of ‘Studying the Human Sport,’ on Ep. 16 of Being within the Means
Display screen to Sensuality // Crowd vs Group // Work & Play (5:55)

Considering the unusual scenario we discover ourselves in the place we sure house excitedly to sit down sedentarily in entrance of a display reasonably than expertise the fun of embodied sensuality and celebration, Alan highlights how a stroll by suburbia showcases the deep isolation rampant in our society. After this, he relays the distinction between a crowd and a neighborhood—a neighborhood is a gaggle in mutual communication with each other; a crowd is a gaggle in communication with one individual alone.

“For the overwhelming majority of American households, what appears to be the actual level of life—what you rush house to get to—is to observe an digital replica of life. You possibly can’t contact it, it doesn’t scent, and it has no style. You would possibly assume that individuals getting house to the actual level of life in a strong materials tradition would go house to a colossal banquet, an orgy of affection making, or a riot of music and dancing. However nothing of the sort—it seems to be this purely passive contemplation of a twittering display.” – Alan Watts

Hearken to Alan in Half 2 of ‘Studying the Human Sport,’ on Ep. 17 of Being within the Means
Work, Play, Intercourse, & God (12:08)

Subsequent, Alan discusses the distinction between work (survival) and play (artwork), and the way these join with our fashionable ideas of God, faith, spirituality, seriousness, morality, levity, sexuality, and our continued human existence.

“To the extent that we really feel the sexual urge, or the urge to eat, or some other so-called intuition, in as far as we really feel that’s an alien and animal factor that workouts a compelling energy over us—and right here the us is the cut-off dissociated little ego contained in the physique that’s pushed round by all of this—then naturally our achievement of those instincts is essentially missing in zest.” – Alan Watts

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