The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are review

“All knowledge is a recognition of the mutual relationships between sense experience and/or things and events.”

This is a dense book, packed with insights. Some of them so wise that they make you look at life in a different way. But others feel just plainly wrong or overly simplistic (“You are IT”) — or are so incompatible with myself because it’d profoundly change who I am — something I don’t really want to, at least not to the lines of Watt’s preaching. I’m turned off by his nostalgic preaching on how progress is counterproductive: I don’t want to go back to a world without vaccines and medicine, without the transportation we have, and without accessible books, for that matter. Then there’s the rambling, always poetic but often dreadful. It’s a book to reread, for sure. Maybe then I’ll understand and enjoy more of it.