Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Sunday, 26 May 2002

5.26.02 EXT. MOD QUAD. 6:03pm DAY

i think the ex­treme con­ser­vatism here at Notre Dame has made more of a lib­er­al out of me. the hypocrisy, bu­reau­cra­cy, and op­pres­sive na­ture of ‘tra­di­tion’ that i am con­stant­ly faced with has slow­ly forced me from my rather apo­lit­i­cal fence­sit­ting in­to a slight­ly more rad­i­cal stance where i wel­come ef­fec­tive change and re­bel­lion again­st blind, stag­nant, pa­tron­iz­ing au­thor­i­ty. per­haps i am wrong and my lib­er­al arts (even though it isn’t called that here) ed­u­ca­tion has changed me…

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a good read. i wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be con­front­ed with the ex­ten­sive philo­soph­i­cal dis­cus­sion that it con­tains, but it was much eas­ier to un­der­stand than say, Descartes “Discourse on Method.” The sto­ry­line is very good and i could have used more of it, but i un­der­stand that it mere­ly func­tions as a frame to con­tain and di­rect the in­quiry in­to val­ues. i would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend that you read it, but be pre­pared to have your ways of thought chal­lenged on a fun­da­men­tal lev­el.

there is a new link in ‘peo­ple’ to some rat­bas­tard and an­oth­er one in the ‘oth­er’ sec­tion to all my po­et­ry (which sucks and you’ve al­ready read be­fore).