Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Quote#4

Phaedrus remembered a line from Thoreau: “You never gain something but that you lose something.” And now he began to see for the first time the unbelievable magnitude of what man, when he gained power to understand and rule the world in terms of dialectic truths, had lost. He had built empires of scientific capability to manipulate the phenomena of nature into enormous manifestations of his own dreams of power and wealth–but for this he had exchanged an empire of understanding of equal magnitude: an understanding of what it is to be a part of the world, and not an enemy of it.

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One response to “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Quote#4

  1. The ironic part of it is despite the magnitude of our individual victories, the battle still belongs to nature.

    Shelter does a decent job of keeping the nature out, but sometimes they just come toppling down on our heads.

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