Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Setting & Symbolism

Robert M. Pirsig
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Motorcycle

The technological artifact used to frame many of the Narrator's spiritual and philosophical discussions. Also the vehicle for their physical journey.

Screws

Representative of the details of life that require caring attentiveness. The Narrator used them to illustrate his ideas concerning dealing with stuckness.

The Wall Across the Misty Harbor in Korea

Representative of a Quality technological product stemming from the peace of mind of its creators.

The Beer Can Shim

Representative of the beauty of underlying form as opposed to surface ugliness. The Narrator and John Sutherland had an important exchange involving it.

Mountains

Representative of the world of rarefied ideas and intense experience: beautiful, but inherently dangerous.

Valleys

Representative of everyday environments through which spiritual understanding can be developed through caring attentiveness to right living.

Precision Tools

Representative of the particular habits of mind that result in apprehending and aligning oneself with Quality, Dharma or...

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