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The source of the title

May 22nd, 2009 at 05:13 pm

Many years ago I read the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and have never forgotten it. It is about combining Eastern philosophy with Western rationalization, making it easier to live in the modern world.

I don't want to give away too much for people who haven't read it, but the motorcycle journey for the narrator is a period during which he reflects on his past experiences and his views on life.

It's not the most cheerful book, but worth the read when you are feeling in a spiritual mood.

What does this have to do with finance? The narrator used an old motorcycle for the journey and used rational deductions and commonsense to maintain and repair it all by himself ... saving hundreds of $$$'s in the process Wink

3 Responses to “The source of the title”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    I hear the book is very book, though I've never read it before.

    However, I do think that the concept of Zen is very interesting. (My grandmother on my mother's side is actually a head Buddhist monk in a temple right now.)

    I don't think I can get into it though, you know Zen Buddhism itself. Because, that rabbit hole is deep and... serious.

    But I've always been intrigued by the concept of Zen at least, and yes, I do think it can meld harmoniously with personal financing.

    Now, what about your tagline? "The anger of the good is like a line drawn on still water ... it does not last long." What does that mean?

  2. Waterfall Says:

    Could you please tell me what part of the quote you don't understand. Thanks.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    i think it means good people do not hold grudges - or are not angry for long

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