Thanks, Alan, but I don't feel it. All my life I have not marched to a different drummer - I am a fish. I am not half a bubble off plumb - I am oriented to a different gravitational axis. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, I'm from a tiny brightness in the constellation of Draco. Anyone else feel like an alien?
So you relate more to Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land'?
It is so wonderful to see an Alan Watts quote! I immersed myself in his writings when I was in my early 20s. In fact, I once heard him speak in McMinnville, Or (of all places!). I brought him a large zucchini from my very first garden. Little did I know that zucchinis shouldn't get THAT big, and a gift of one is somewhat of a joke among farmers! Ha!I do identify with his quote. While I do feel like an alien living in the reality created by my culture, I am not a stranger in the natural world.
Yeah, that's when Heinlein went from good ol' sci-fi to wierd, soft-porn woowoo metaphysical stuff.. Unfortunately, I read him at a very impressionable age, so I went right along. That's me, all right. Strange land. Stranger Roxie.
Ha! I bet Alan Watts was charmed by the gesture, anyway!
This quote was like a brath of oxygen, and I was unaware I'd been holding my breath. Why the fear? Why the self doubt? Even failure is part of the homeland of feelings. Thanks Pat