Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality

By Alan Watts

It is a sequence of essays representing thinker Alan Watts's most modern considering at the surprising difficulties of man's kinfolk to his fabric atmosphere. the elemental subject matter is that civilized guy confuses image with fact, his methods of describing and measuring the area with the area itself, and hence places himself into the absurd scenario of who prefer funds to wealth and consuming the menu rather than the dinner.

Thus, along with his cognizance locked upon numbers and ideas, guy is more and more subconscious of nature and of his overall dependence upon air, water, crops, animals, bugs, and micro organism. He has been hallucinated into the concept that the so-called "external" international is a cluster of "objects" cut loose himself, that he "encounters" it, that he comes into it rather than out of it. therefore, our species is fouling its personal nest and is in forthcoming possibility of self-obliteration.

Here, a thinker whose works were quite often considering mysticism and Oriental philosophy will get all the way down to the "nitty-gritty" difficulties of economics, know-how, garments, cooking, and housing.

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