Making an art out of your technological life is the way to solve the problem of technology...
Art is anything that you can do well.
Anything that you can do with Quality.
After reading Lila, I revisited the book that started it all. Pursing is one the most influential mysticist writer and found some new ideas in the book.
MORE IDEAS FROM Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Pirsing goes to great length to use motorcycle maintenance as an example for being fully immersed into the world. He wrote "Zen&The Art of .... " in the 60s, during the Vietnam war and the hippie revolution. A lot of the protestors saw nature loving pacifism as a reaction to the tech-focused future.
Pirsing does not see a conflict between tech and nature. It's not a subject problem, but a quality problem. Technology is not the enemy. He could became awakened by caring for his bike just as a guru would meditate on the mountain.
When we go to college we think that rational investigation would lead to some axiomatic truth that could be the foundation of our life. Some look for the truth in sciences others in philosophy. But there is no such a thing.
Pirsing proposes quality as an undefined, experiential attribute of reality. His quality is the Tao, the Zen substance or God. Quality is more of a spiritual, esthetic notion that can only be experienced not thought. A prior perception of goodness we are all born with.
To understand the truth, you must let go of the situation. A clear mind has no inside and no outside. A clear mind is clear of thinking.
2 Buddhist monks were fighting over a flag. One said the flag was moving. The other said the wind is. The master however said it was neither the flag nor the wind. "Your thoughts are the only ones moving."
Nature has no contradictions. Our problems exist just in our head. Our thinking is making us deluded. One had to let go of 🤔 to understand Zen.
Most of us think that love is passive, that you can be loved and that you fall in love. Not that love is actually a form of art.
This is the reason why most people think that being loved depends of our popularity and our sex-appeal.
"The moment you aim at anything, you have already missed it" - Nansen to Joshu
All our concepts and biases come into play once we make a conscious attempt to aim for something. That is when we are doing not for the sake of doing but for some external reason.
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