Keep­ing it Zen

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I had my GSX-R750 stolen a cou­ple months back by some id­iots who have noth­ing bet­ter to do other than bring mis­ery to those they af­fect through their thiev­ery.

Any­way I ain’t let­ting them get me down. The words of Robert M. Pir­sig (RIP this week) Zen and the Art of Mo­tor­cy­cle main­te­nance: an­in­quiry Into Val­ues sum it up nicely:

“In a car you’re al­ways in a com­part­ment, and be­cause you’re used to it you don’t re­alise that through that car win­dow ev­ery­thing you see is just more TV. You’re a pas­sive ob­server and it is all mov­ing by you bor­ingly in a frame.

“On a cy­cle the frame is gone. You’re com­pletely in con­tact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watch­ing it any­more, and the sense of pres­ence is over­whelm­ing.”

Read­ing the above again af­ter 25 years since I first read the book, I’m think­ing ‘what do bike thieves know about morals and val­ues?’ Noth­ing be­cause they have none! They are just lazy an­noy­ing con­temptibles. Robert, Lon­don

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