About two years ago, I found a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance left in a bush outside a enemy shop in the neighborhood. Not the type of person to ignore a discarded book, I picked it up and started glancing at it. A novel colored autobiography, exactly as many call Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance later, it tells the story of Pirsig’s cross-country motorcycle journey with his son, but it’s a whole lot more than just a story of adventure. Through his journey, Pirsig somehow explained his entire philosophy of life, creating a manifesto through the maintenance of motorcycles. It sounds a bit cliché, but finding that book has changed all of my views on my future life and is still having a huge impact on myself.
There are an infinite number of lessons that can be learned in this book, as many as there are roads in the United States. But in particular, there are a handful of morality that still stands out throughout the work. These are things that will haunt you long after you put the book down and will help reshape your outlook on life. With respect to Pirsig and to everything he has taught his readers. Here are seven popular life lessons learned from this book.