Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of those rare novels that doubles as a philosophy text (or maybe vice versa). The author wrestles with all the great questions ... but the part I remember best, three decades or so after I first read it, is a metaphor he came up about the meaning of life: fixing a motorcycle. And his punch line, "The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself'."

(see also WhatIsMyLife (20 Apr 1999), SelfImprovement (29 Jul 2002), ...)

TopicLife - TopicLiterature - 2003-06-06

(correlates: PresentImperative, ReallyImportant, Art of Physics Appreciation, ...)