Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Date started: 05/01/15

Date finished: 05/30/15

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau

My initial thoughts about this book were it is something 20 year-olds would read, and it would somehow change my life. I remember seeing it in the list of highly recommended books to read, so I didn’t hesitate to buy it.

I must say the book is quite deep and requires a lot of thinking and understanding. It is a philosophical book with a lot of references to Plato, Aristotle, Thoreau, etc. What I liked most about this book was the ability of the main character to think deeply about life. Sometimes I tend to immerse myself with social media and forget to enjoy the little things in life. Another unique thing about this book is the father and son’s journey or travel across different states in the America and how it tested their relationship, trust and ability to adapt to certain circumstances.

A chapter of the book discussed about education and I was struck with Phaedrus’ idea that was discussed. He said that grades weren’t important. It just prohibited the students from completely expressing themselves because they had to follow a certain standard– standards that are often set by the teachers themselves. If the educators find the work of the students related or somehow mirrors of their own they give high marks and low marks if it doesn’t.

The experience of reading this book was a mix of excitement and logical thinking. It truly challenged my patience. A MUST READ!

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