Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into ValuesI’m re-reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

One thing has occurred to me: maybe the reason we’re all so uptight in The West is because we constantly see glimpses from ‘The Past’ of what life used to be like / may have been like and, inevitably, wish we were there. Oh, the joy of not having to answer a phone or being able to have to walk to work because there is no car.

Do we wish we were there?

I remember watching the film Braveheart and all it’s beautiful Scottish countryside – will life ever be like this? I think of this all the time, and in fact, it has become a part of MY subconscious. No really – it’s a regular thing for me to be sitting in front of my computer (for work or pleasure) and thinking “Geez, I wish I could be back at a beautiful lake in Stockholm” or something like that. Have we settled for the streamlined information-age? And if we have, is it actually better?

These thoughts make me depressed.

Technology tells me “use email, it’ll be quicker”. But then I look at my watch and it tells me I’ve been responding to emails for the past hour-and-a-half and haven’t actually done any work and I think to myself “this isn’t saving me any time at all – it’s just enabling me to fit more work into the day!