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The past, the present, and the future

August 15, 2009

I had more stuff saved from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance than I thought.  I think this is the last one.

The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality. The tree that you are aware of intellectually, because of that small time lag, is always in the past and therefore is always unreal. Any intellectually conceived object is always in the past and therefore unreal. Reality is always the moment of vision before the intellectualization takes place. There is no other reality. This preintellectual reality is what Phaedrus felt he had properly identified as Quality. Since all intellectually identifiable things must emerge from this preintellectual reality. Quality is the parent, the source of all subjects and objects.

Kind of abstract, but there is something to it.

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  1. jleeger permalink
    October 8, 2009 5:37 pm

    This is a standard “Buddhist” idea – that past/future are constructs, ways to imagine the “flow of time” through the present moment.

    I loved that book as a kid, but man, that guy (Pirsig?) was nuts!

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