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  • Writer's pictureCharles Winston

THE Book, The Tool of the Tablet, and Where We Come From


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  3. A quote that has us thinking

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Book We Love 📖

Alan Watts is well known for helping popularize Zen Buddhism in America, and for introducing eastern philosophies to the west in ways that westerners can understand.

In “The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are,” or simply (and appropriately), “THE Book,” Alan Watts lays out his most general philosophy on life. And I think his point of view is extremely liberating for many of us who often feel anxious, depressed, alone, and confused in this world.

Instead of trying to tackle the Meaning of Life, an impossible question, Watts helps us understand the nature of the individual self, and how we fit into the universe. Blending eastern philosophy with science and logic, he beautifully presents a profound view of the interconnectedness of all things, and leaves you feeling safe, content, and delighted with your place in the world.

So if you ever struggle with anxiety, depression, or existential dread - or are just a seeker in search of a deeper understanding of life - “The Book” is perfect for you.

Tip to Reduce Your Screen Time 📱

Get a Tablet.

Yeah, I know. This seems super counter-intuitive. Get another screen in order to reduce your screen time?? Make it make sense!!

But there’s a second part to this tip: Get a tablet AND delete all unnecessary apps off of your phone. This way, you can isolate your indulgences like TikTok and Twitter to a device that’s not attached to your hip 24/7.

Using social media on your tablet makes the activity intentional instead of compulsive. And it’s a great first step to getting rid of your bad screen time habits altogether.

Quote That Has Us Thinking 🧠

“We do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean ‘waves,’ the universe ‘peoples.’ Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.” - Alan Watts


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