Saturday, June 25, 2016

Effort Without Desire

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From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire.The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are the things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow.”