The Backwards Law


I’m starting on Alan Watt’s book, The Wisdom of Insecurity.   According to his preface his theme is going to center around “The Backwards Law” which is a law of reversed effort, whereby if you attempt something the opposite results.   For example, when you hold your breath, you lose it, etc.  He points to a neglected biblical saying,” whosoever tries to save their soul, loses it.”

I find that last to be compelling.  What does that mean for thousands, or perhaps millions, of religious people that pick up fundamentalist ways of living?  Do the ultrareligious lose their souls in their zeal? 

Guess I’m going to have to read more in order to be qualified enough to have an opinion!


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