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Alan Watts - the Western Buddhist who healed my mind - Tim Lott | Aeon Essays
Ever since I was a child, I have been acutely sensitive to the idea - in the way that other people seem to feel only after bereavement or some shocking unexpected event - that the human intellect is unable, finally, to make sense of the world: everything is contradiction and paradox, and no one really knows much for sure, however loudly they profess to the contrary.

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