momentariness and fluidity

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There is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. But the contradiction lies a little deeper than the mere conflict between the desire for security and the fact of change. If I want to be secure, that is, protected from the flux of life, I am wanting to be separate from life. Yet it is this very sense of separateness which makes me feel insecure. To be secure means to isolate and fortify the “I,” but it is just the feeling of being an isolated “I” which makes me feel lonely and afraid. In other words, the more security I can get, the more I shall want.

Alan Watts

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Alan Wilson Watts was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York.

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  1. but first he was an epicopalian minister…..and neighbor at Gate 5 (houseboat community) in Sausalito.. he shared one half of the boat with the artist Varga I remember

    On Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 6:04 PM The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por) wrote:

    > Jerry Roberts posted: ” . There is a contradiction in wanting to be > perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and > fluidity. But the contradiction lies a little deeper than the mere conflict > between the desire for security and the fact of chang” >

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