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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

"All that talk about technology and art is part of a pattern that seems to have emerged from my own life. It represents a transcendence from something I think a lot of others may be trying to transcend...''

"...it isn't just art and technology. It's a kind of a noncoalescence between reason and feeling.

"What's wrong with technology is that it's not connected in any real way with matters of the spirit and of the heart. And so it does blind, ugly things quite by accident and gets hated for that. People haven't paid much attention to this before because the big concern has been with food, clothing and shelter for everyone and technology has provided these. But now where these are assured, the ugliness is being noticed more and more and people are asking if we must always suffer spiritually and aesthetically in order to satisfy material needs."

Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Comment by J.P. Bear on September 14, 2014 at 6:21am
Thanks for posting this great quote from one of my favourite books - I must have read it three or four times. The author's view on how technology has been separated from humanity and how that has led us to be trapped by our fetish for specialisation as well as his attempt to peer back into a time when that might not have been the case is very thought provoking. Technology doesn't have to be ugly to be effective!

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