Robert M. Pirsig – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

“From all this awareness we must select, and what we select and call consciousness is never the same as the awareness because the process of selection mutates it. We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.”

I have this quote handwritten on a small piece of paper that I still keep in my wallet. It’s one of the few sentimental things I carry with me. I read this book a few summers ago during a particularly turbulent and confused period in my life, different but not unlike the one I’m currently experiencing. It was a great read.

I still find myself guilty of losing the forest for the trees, of thinking my handful of mutated awareness is the world, and I read this every once in a while to remind myself how much greater the world actually is.

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