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Stacy J. Rogers - Associate Professor of Sociology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

Author: Robert M. Pirsig

Book Description:

This book showed me the importance of paying careful attention to all aspects of my life and being truly present to all of my experiences. I saw that, like the motorcyclists in the book, I have a choice to make about how I approach all situations. I can choose to leave most of my experiences to chance, believing them to be beyond my control, or beneath my concern, and simply "take what I get". Alternatively, I can invest myself fully in all the situations in which I find myself. As a result of the latter choice, I am fully present in each moment, better able to discern what I want, and more likely to learn from each experience.

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