The System of Rationality

by Chris Lorensson on 23 January 2011 with comments

I’m in Part II of what has become my semi-annual read of Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I came across this quote:

…to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory.

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The Dance of Mystery in Art

by Chris Lorensson on 9 January 2011 with comments

This post is a follow-up to Lifestyle Minimalism

In a dance, there is a fine balance to be maintained in order to strike that perfect balance of strength and grace. If the male lead is too strong, he will overpower his female and thereby create an imbalance which destroys the beauty of the collaboration. If the female’s gracefulness steals the show, the dance is too weak and the balance is undermined. Only when the two work in harmony together can the perfect balance be struck, creating a beautiful ebb and flow like water flowing navigating through the obstacles in a stream. Read the rest of this entry »