Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

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The Buddha resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of flower.

Physical discomfort is important only when the mood is wrong. But if the mood is right, the physical discomfort doesn’t mean much.

Although motorcycle riding is romantic, motorcycle maintenance is purely classic.

We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.

When you look directly at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your knowledge that he’s insane, which is not to see him at all.

Suppose a child is born devoid of all senses; he has no sight, no hearing, no touch, no smell, no taste - nothing. Suppose this child is fed intravenously and otherwise attended to and kept alive for eighteen years in this state of existence. The question is then asked: Does this eighteen-year-old person have a thought in his head? If so, where does it come from? How does he get it?

Kant says there are aspects of reality which are not supplied immediately by senses. These he calls a priori.

An example of a priori knowledge is time. You do not see, smell, hear, taste, touch time. It is not present in the sense of data. Time is what Kant calls ‘intuition’ which the mind must supply as it receives the sense data.

The forms of space and time are applied to data as they are received from the object producing them.

You are never dedicate to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know that it’s going to rise.

We are living in a topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feeling is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences.

The idea that the majority of students attend a university for an education independent of the degree and grades is a little hypocrisy everyone is happier not to expose.

Reality is not static anymore. It is not a set of ideas you have to either fight or resign yourself to. It’s made up, in part, of ideas that are expected to grow as you grow, and as we all grow, century after century.

The way to solve the conflict between human values and technological needs is to break down the barriers of dualistic thought. Technology is a fusion of nature and human spirit into a new kind of creation that transcends both.

Robert Dumitriu