“That concrete whizzing by”

Wing mirror world (1 of 1)

In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realise that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

On a cycle, the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it’s right there, so blurred you can’t focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.

Robert Pirsig ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’.

Pirsig was writing about a different two wheeled animal, but the observations apply just as equally and the sensations just as acutely, to a vehicle powered by breakfast and coffee.

Park blur

2 replies »

  1. It’s Pirsig, and boy it’s a hefty tome to read. I think I’m on my third drift through it.
    I’m stlil not sure what Quality is, but I do have a notion of worth brought about by it.
    Good quote.

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