Book Reviews

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

一位同学推荐我看这本书,网上也有帖子说这本书是乔帮主推荐的,不知真伪。 但当同学给我发过来一段书中的文字后,我立刻就在Amazon上花$4.59买了这本书的Kindle电子版。

这段文字是这样说的:

You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

书中类似这样的段落很多,例如:

I argue that physical discomfort is important only when the mood is wrong. Then you fasten on to whatever thing is uncomfortable and call that the cause. But if the mood is right, then physical discomfort does’t mean much.

When you want to hurry something that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things.

“What’s new?” is an interesting and broadening eternal question, but one which, if pursued exclusively, results only in an endless parade of trivia and fashion, the silt of tomorrow.

Anxiety, the next gumption trap, is sort of the opposite of ego. You’re so sure you’ll do everything wrong you’re afraid to do anything at all. Often this, rather than “laziness,” is the real reason you find it hard to get started.

乍一看这本书的名字,禅与摩托车保养的艺术?会不会是我同学发错消息了?我没有摩托车啊…可是看了一章之后我就发现,这本书的作者通过与儿子骑摩托车出去旅游为引子,将遇到的一些生活中的小事进行升华,进而上升到哲学高度,而且是越往后看高度越高。后来我去Amazon上查看这本书的分类,结果是Philosophy。原来是一本哲学书,难怪我看不懂呢。

这是我在Kindle上看完的第一本书,再接再厉,争取充分利用Kindle进行阅读。