Just ran across an old Alan Watts audio called “Context is Everything” (Excerpt from the audio program and companion book, Just So: Money, Materialism, and the Ineffable, Intelligent Universe by Alan Watts – Context is Everything) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKm-oQVcm74
I mention it here because it further substantiates something I’d earlier written about in this blog on the importance of CONTEXT in every aspect of our lives. (‘Understanding Nothing’ At Last )
Alan Watts: “Context is terribly important because it isn’t just WHEN a thing happened that is important; it is also WHERE it happened—in what setting, … “
“The historical TIMELINE (WHEN) is important only by the LOCATION (of WHERE) the thing occurred,… and considering the ‘conditions’ during which it did occur.”
But there are other significant factors as well.
Comprehending the importance of the ‘thing that happened’ is ALSO dependent on the WHO that was involved in ‘the thing happening’—where whose perception of the ‘thing that happened’ becomes a subjective assessment on the significance of ‘the thing that happened’, both consciously and unconsciously to that person, meaning: Was the WHO a direct participant in the ‘thing that happened’—a first-hand sensing/feeling device to it—or was the WHO a witness to the ‘thing that happened’ and therefore a judge of its significance based on their own biases and experiences?
All viewpoints and vantages must be considered to glean the proper information from every aspect of any total scenario, because “context is everything” in our reality.
Context is everything in our lives.
In fact I would say that LIFE itself is context-based.
Thinking this hard so early is starting to make my head hurt, so I will say simply that Alan Watts is always a trip to listen to; and sometimes he appears to make sense only to himself, but on the other hand, he does get you thinking. So that’s a good thing.