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Book report on `Zen and the Art of Mororcycle Maintenance` by Robert Pirsig

March 21, 2016 | Author: | Posted in art

Zen and Motorcycles : Exploring Pirsig ‘s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Considered as one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century , Robert M . Pirsig ‘s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful , moving , and penetrating examination of how we live . and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better . This book has allegedly transformed a generation ‘ as it engineered an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America ‘s Northwest , undertaken by a father and his young son Not just [banner_entry_middle]

a story of love and fear , Pirsig ‘s book is a story of self-discovery , growth and acceptance as it profoundly explores the personal and philosophical journey into life ‘s fundamental questions

First appeared in 1974 , the book is more than a motorcycle ride , Zen and the Art is a reconciliation with solitude . Reconciliation , not resignation . Isaiah Berlin tells us , Solitude doesn ‘t mean you live far from people . It means that people don ‘t understand what you are saying ‘ The hero ‘s quests takes with him and his readers beyond the bounds of rational thought onto a tightrope strung between triumph and terror . The cost to him of seeking high-quality information and a voice for its expression is his own sanity . Zen and the Art is not just a picnic to read . Pirsig emphasized that if you feel like working , get with Zen and the Art it will reward your effort

Thus , Pirsig ‘s effort to write the book is about reconciliation . A quality is a respect for excellence , and excellence can only be achieved when beauty and function are harmoniously blended . The pursuit of one without the other is doomed to end in failure , meaning ugliness . Ugly art is art that ignores the necessity of structure , and ugly structures are those that ignore the necessity of art . Quality , then , is expressed in the attitude that is taken toward a task , and that attitude must reflect harmony between the objective understanding of the task ‘s underlying principles and a subjective appreciation of its surface aesthetics

Pirsig believed that if conflict over the concept of Quality can split the world into hip and square , Classic and Romantic , technological and humanistic , then resolution of that conflict can unite that world Pirsig wrote that Real understanding of Quality doesn ‘t just serve the System , or even beat it or even escape it . A real understanding of Quality captures the System , tames it , and puts it to work for one ‘s own personal use , while leaving one completely free to fulfill his inner destiny (p . 217

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , for instance , sought to rationalize what traditional schools teach

Schools teach you to imitate . If you don ‘t imitate what the teacher wants you get a bad grade . Here , in college , it was more sophisticated of course you were supposed to imitate the teacher in such a way as to convince the teacher you were not imitating , but taking the… [banner_entry_footer]

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