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  • nostalgia Archives - Unreal Blog
    inevitable consequence of any relocation I should know I have relocated far too many times in my life nothing comes for free In the sea of unsmiling faces trying to avoid eye contact every morning I miss the unexpected joy of a friendly face Anonymity the price exacted and familiarity a willing sacrifice Searching for myself in the glaring lights of these metropolises I miss the Milky Way and the stars hiding behind the artificial brightness of the skylines Creature comforts at the expense of inner peace In the crystal clear waters at the postcard beaches of Cassis to Bintan to Phuket I miss the angry waves of the choppy Arabian Sea and the boiling ferrous red beaches The quest for a promised land at the cost of a paradise lost As my powerful sports sedan purrs away from the pack with near contemptuous ease I miss my old Raleigh bicycle Rich possession over simple pride While sipping the perfect wine matched to the incredibly minuscule helpings of incomprehensible delicacies I miss a half tea at Tarams and a mutton omelet at Indian Coffee House and the friendship around it Sophistication over small pleasures Watching National Geographic on large screens in all its HD glory I miss the black and white contact prints from my dad s old Agfa Click III Technological perfection over emotional content And while writing this blog following as many rules of an alien grammar as I can remember I mourn for the forgotten words of a mother tongue Communication skills garnered at the cost of a language once owned It is not that I would have chosen differently if I had a chance do it all over again It is the necessity of choice that is cruel I wish I could choose everything that I

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  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Unreal Blog
    at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the last pages of the book What makes this book such a resounding success not merely in the market but as an intellectual endeavor are the notions and insights from Phaedrus that Pirsig manages to elicit Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is nothing short of a new way of looking at reality It is a battle for the minds yours and mine and those yet to come Such a battle was waged and won ages ago and the victors were not gracious and noble enough to let the defeated worldview survive They used a deadly dialectical knife and sliced up our

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  • hypothesis Archives - Unreal Blog
    cell every atom and every little fundamental particle in my body now is different from what constituted my body then The potassium in the banana I ate two weeks ago is for instance what may be controlling the neuronal firing behind the thought process helping me write this essay But it is still me not the banana We all assume this continuity because it fits Losing this continuity of personality is a scary thought How scary it is is what Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the

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  • insanity Archives - Unreal Blog
    cell every atom and every little fundamental particle in my body now is different from what constituted my body then The potassium in the banana I ate two weeks ago is for instance what may be controlling the neuronal firing behind the thought process helping me write this essay But it is still me not the banana We all assume this continuity because it fits Losing this continuity of personality is a scary thought How scary it is is what Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the

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  • logic Archives - Unreal Blog
    Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the last pages of the book What makes this book such a resounding success not merely in the market but as an intellectual endeavor are the notions and insights from Phaedrus that Pirsig manages to elicit Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is nothing short of a new way of looking at reality It is a battle for the minds yours and mine and those yet to come Such a battle was waged and won ages ago and the victors were not gracious

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  • logos Archives - Unreal Blog
    cell every atom and every little fundamental particle in my body now is different from what constituted my body then The potassium in the banana I ate two weeks ago is for instance what may be controlling the neuronal firing behind the thought process helping me write this essay But it is still me not the banana We all assume this continuity because it fits Losing this continuity of personality is a scary thought How scary it is is what Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the

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  • sanity Archives - Unreal Blog
    cell every atom and every little fundamental particle in my body now is different from what constituted my body then The potassium in the banana I ate two weeks ago is for instance what may be controlling the neuronal firing behind the thought process helping me write this essay But it is still me not the banana We all assume this continuity because it fits Losing this continuity of personality is a scary thought How scary it is is what Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the

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  • selfhood Archives - Unreal Blog
    cell every atom and every little fundamental particle in my body now is different from what constituted my body then The potassium in the banana I ate two weeks ago is for instance what may be controlling the neuronal firing behind the thought process helping me write this essay But it is still me not the banana We all assume this continuity because it fits Losing this continuity of personality is a scary thought How scary it is is what Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a selfish bastard as one of my friends observed The explanation for this disconnect between the father and the son soon follows The narrator is not the father He has the father s body all right but the real father had his personality erased through involuntary shock treatments The doctor had reassured him that he had a new personality not that he was a new personality The subtle difference makes ample sense once we realize that he and his personality are not two And to those of us how believe in the continuity of things like self hood it is a very scary statement Personality is not something you have and wear like a suit or a dress it is what you are If it can change and you can get a new one what does it say about what you think you are In Pirsig s case the annihilation of the old personality was not perfect Besides Chris was tagging along waiting for that personality to wake up But awakening a personality is very different from waking a person up It means waking up all the associated thoughts and ideas insights and enlightenment And wake up it does in this story Phaedrus is back by the time we reach the

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