ALAN WATTS on realizing what you are

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

5 thoughts on “ALAN WATTS on realizing what you are

  1. The vanity of his appearance – stylized beard! – is deeply at odds with his purpoted grasp of reality and the futility of maintaining the ego. Although he is possibly sincere this looks like an advert for pseudo spiritualism. Sorry.

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  3. The man wasn’t perfect by any stretch; we all stumble across the (very human) vanities of style in search of meaning. I believe that his search for meaning, however, was an incredibly honest one. He had a sort of sincere childlike curiosity that I find comes though in many of his writings. It may be an advert, but I believe Mr. Watts’ ideas are timeless: to this day they still relate to many different areas of intellectual study & understanding.

  4. Everyone has an appearance. What makes one’s appearance more vain than another’s?
    His beard looks fairly natural to me. Many men don’t grow full facial hair. He probably just trimmed his cheeks a bit. Seems to me more vain to shave one’s entire face every day. Takes a whole lot more effort.

  5. What the hell is wrong with having an appearance you like anyway? There’s nothing wrong with expressing yourself so long as you don’t cling to these expressions *as* yourself.

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