Thursday, April 27, 2017


Robert Pirsig passed away recently he was 88 and the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance . He was also a sailor and lived on a sailboat for a number of years. He understood what cruising and being on a boat for longer than an afternoon sail was all about as this passage from him shows:

"...Those who see sailing as an escape from reality have got their understanding of both sailing and reality completely backwards. Sailing is not an escape but a return to and a confrontation of a reality from which modern civilization is itself an escape. For centuries, man suffered from the reality of an earth that was too dark or too hot or too cold for his comfort, and to escape this he invented complex systems of lighting, heating and air conditioning. Sailing rejects these and returns to the old realities of dark and heat and cold. Modern civilization has found radio, TV, movies, nightclubs and a huge variety of mechanized entertainment to titillate our senses and help us escape from the apparent boredom of the earth and the sun and wind and stars. Sailing returns to these ancient realities."-Robert Pirsig

Sail on Robert!


bill said...

I and many others think Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance is the best book we've ever read. Gets
better each time.

Walter N Sarah said...

Good memorial, I read Pirsig addressing the ins and outs of living in Zen while practicing motorcycle maintenance. Now, I follow the same approaches when sailing. Great view.

Capt. Mike said...

Yes reading Zen and Motorcycle Maintenance helped me get up the gumption to work on the old diesel engine even though I had very limited experience experience with it.