Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.  
--Alan Watts

6 comments:

  1. 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?

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  2. So you relate more to Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land'? 

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. Ha!  I bet Alan Watts was charmed by the gesture, anyway! 

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  6. 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

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