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|Title||:||Does It Matter?|
|Author||:||Alan W. Watts|
|Number of Pages||:||140|
|Category||:||Philosophy, Non fiction, Spirituality, Buddhism, Psychology, Zen|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Does It Matter? This is a series of essays representing philosopher Alan Watts s most recent thinking on the astonishing problems of man s relations to his material environment The basic theme is that civilized man confuses symbol with reality his ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself and thus puts himself into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner .
Thus with his attention locked upon numbers and concepts man is increasingly unconscious of nature and of his total dependence upon air water plants animals insects and bacteria He has been hallucinated into the notion that the so called external world is a cluster of objects separate from himself that he encounters it that he comes into it instead of out of it Consequently our species is fouling its own nest and is in imminent danger of self obliteration .
Here a philosopher whose works have been mainly concerned with mysticism and Oriental philosophy gets down to the nitty gritty problems of economics technology clothing cooking and housing