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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Matinence - What if the noise is nothing but sound?

wintergoddessMar. 1st, 2007 03:43 pm Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Matinence

Just Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Matinence. I listened to the audiobook, quite enjoyableI highly recommend it. It has a great section on writing.

and now an excerpt for you:

There's a large fragment concerning Phædrus' first class after he gave that assignment on "What is quality in thought and statement?" The atmosphere was explosive. Almost everyone seemed as frustrated and angered as he had been by the question.

"How are we supposed to know what quality is?" they said. "You're supposed to tell us!"

Then he told them he couldn't figure it out either and really wanted to know. He had assigned it in the hope that somebody would come up with a good answer. That ignited it. A roar of indignation shook the room. Before the commotion had settled down another teacher had stuck his head in the door to see what the trouble was.

"It's all right," Phædrus said. "We just accidentally stumbled over a genuine question, and the shock is hard to recover from." Some students looked curious at this, and the noise simmered down.

He then used the occasion for a short return to his theme of "Corruption and Decay in the Church of Reason." It was a measure of this corruption, he said, that students should be outraged by someone trying to use them to seek the truth. You were supposed to fake this search for the truth, to imitate it. To actually search for it was a damned imposition.

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