Fuzzy Standards: An Incomplete Exploration of Quality

I wanted to start this essay with a reasonably brief and straight-forward definition of the word “quality”. As it turns out, I couldn’t find a practical definition that I was satisfied with. It may be a peculiar trait of mine that I prefer a word’s or concept’s definition not to contain words or concepts that merely point straight back to place I started. Like some … Continue reading Fuzzy Standards: An Incomplete Exploration of Quality

On Shadetrees

During the course of reading and considering Plato’s Phaedrus dialogue, I had occasion to reflect that the act of sitting under a shady tree, both literally and metaphorically, is a fundamental human experience that very nearly every human being has access to. This notion seems to offer an interesting place to explore what exactly all of that means. It seems like intriguing new Zensylvania territory. … Continue reading On Shadetrees

Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Three)

The main skill is to keep from getting lost. Since the roads are used only by local people who know them by sight nobody complains if the junctions aren’t posted. And often they aren’t. When they are it’s usually a small sign hiding unobtrusively in the weeds and that’s all. Country road-sign makers seldom tell you twice. If you miss that sign in the weeds … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Three)

Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Two)

We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with the emphasis on “good” rather than “time”….and when you make that shift in emphasis the whole approach changes. –  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Chapter 1 I’d like to begin by commenting that my Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance essays are probably best appreciated by … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Two)

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Welcome To Zensylvania

Welcome to Zensylvania. My name is Eric Adriaans and I’ll be your host, tour-guide or master of ceremonies. You decide which. In Zensylvania, I explore motorcycle zen, literature, philosophy, and a variety of other obsessions which provide me with meaningful and sometimes unexpected insights into living the kind of life I want to live and being the kind of person I want to be. I’m … Continue reading Welcome To Zensylvania

Footnotes to Hygge and Niksen: An Inquiry into Comfort and Contentment

2021/12/07 Notes (and one apology) about this article: I began this inquiry as a response to a book that I found at the local public library in my community. I read the book over the course of a few days, expecting to find little other than a standard, light-reading, member of the trendy “wellness” self-help genre. My expectations were mostly fulfilled. But the book managed … Continue reading Footnotes to Hygge and Niksen: An Inquiry into Comfort and Contentment

Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part One)

I’m no longer completely certain when or how I first became aware of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert Pirsig. I do know that it was never on the reading list for any high-school or university courses that I took during my academic days in the 1980’s and early 90’s. It seems probable that I came across references to it in some … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part One)

On Footnotes

Every now and then in Zensylvania, we tend to get a bit meta and referential about things. You’ll notice that many of the essays and inquiries are titled as “Footnotes to”….something. Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Footnotes to Niksen. Footnotes to Being Water. Etcetera. While all of this footnoting may seem a bit overdone and repetitive, it isn’t without long consideration … Continue reading On Footnotes