Quality In Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance?

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This is a question that many of us could ask ourselves in many different circumstances, and the answer is that there is no quality without gumption, because they go hand and hand. Quality is “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something” (MarriumWebster.com). Gumption is understanding that there are many solutions to one problem and picking the best one with confidence and courage. For example “Gumption” is having the confidence and courage to complete or achieve something and “Quality” is how one has obtained or achieved their goal and what the outcome of the end product looks like. In the book “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” written by Robert M. Pirsig expresses …show more content…
There are many experiences of quality in life that many people discover/ experience. 'Achieving quality ' is said to be a major issue throughout industry, commerce and government bodies. It 's just not passing craze of flavour of the month. Quality is vital for growth, survival and prosperity of every organisation. Nowadays, more and more organisations are placing greater emphasis on quality in order for them to prosper and become successful.Quality is difficult to define but what is sure is that we all know when it is achieved and when it is not. This assessment of quality is subjective and it can vary from different perceptions of individuals. It is the perception of the individual, by what influences his experience and what he thinks. Overall, the word quality can mean different things to different people. For example, the first goal I scored for soccer wasn 't that special I bent the ball around the defense and into the top corner of the net. My team was winning 4-0 but for me my goal was amazing but to them it was satisfactory. For this reason, quality can be defined as 'fitness for purpose '. It can be defined as fitness for purpose because the second-hand car was fit for my purpose. Another example of quality is in the book “Zen and the art of …show more content…
Last year in school I was writing an essay, which I hated doing and could think of nothing else but having to write this awful paper. I was half-way there and realized that this isn’t so bad, having 3 pages to go I was flying through the paper and finally saying to myself that changing my whole attitude on something can really change the “Quality” of a lot of things, but to be able to realize that was my zen moment or living in zen. Living fully and authentically in the present moment makes each instant of one’s life a peak experience. Each moment is filled with a profound peace and clarity. Each moment is perceived to have infinite depth and significance, charged with magic and mystery, infinitely precious. Zen brings us face to face with our true original nature, undefiled by cultural conditioning and painful neurotic tendencies. In chapter 7 Phaedrus states ”What has become an urgent necessity is a way of looking at the world that does violence to either of these two kinds of understanding and unites them into one. Such an understanding will not reject sand-sorting or contemplation of unsorted sand for its own sake. Such an understanding will instead seek to direct attention to the endless landscape from which the sand is taken...” (Phaedrus). This quote explains that a different way of looking at the world changes a lot of things around you. Phaedrus is understanding that instead of looking at

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