Gunnar Jauch wrote:
> *The Wisdom of Insecurity* (Pantheon books, 1950) by Alan W. Watts
> is a book I re-read every now and then.
I've read that twice I think, but long ago. "Wisdom" is correct. I would
have guessed a much later date of publication though, one after more of the
Zen books were written. It is good that you've read it a few times because
you never know when you might have the book taken from you ;-)
Here is something from the Alan Watts web site ( http://www.alanwatts.com/ )
that might help us (or not) to understand Eliot's conversion.
Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is like when you trust
yourself to the water. You don't grab hold of the water when you swim,
because if you do you will become stiff and tight in the water, and sink.
You have to relax, and the attitude of faith is the very opposite of
clinging, and holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters
of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the
universe becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding
tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth,
whatever it might turn out to be.