Originally posted by Zenskeptical
How is "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance"? I've only heard good things but wonder if it worth the time to read...
it's good...being a fictional narrative of a motorcycle road trip across the continental united states and switching back and forth from that
narrative to the narrator's philosophical thoughts. it can get frustrating with the constant switch of narration and philosophy. it all correlates
and is awesome, though.
one of my favorite quotes from the book...
"Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you
become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when
you're no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn't just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This
leaf has jagged edges.
rocks looks loose. From this
place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live
only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow. But of course,
without the top, you can't have any sides. It's the top that defines the sides."