From ‘Waking Up’ to ‘Growing Up’ With Ken Wilbur

M. David Bradshaw
4 min readJan 12, 2021

“Our life is frittered away by detail…Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! Let our affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Anyone can complicate matters, but it can take a genius to simplify matters.

And that is what philosopher, author and futurist Ken Wilbur is; a modern Einstein-like genius who has developed and written about integral thinking in his 25–30 books over the last half-century — of which my favorite is A Brief History of Everything.

My experience reading Ken two years ago — because he is such a…