Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance Essay

1731 Words Oct 12th, 2016 7 Pages
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 what the true meaning of quality and gumption really is and what it is like to experience a moment of your life where nothing else matters, Also known as a Zen moment. Chris Pirsig is going to be the most influential character when it comes to zen moments because taking that motorcycle ride with his dad opened him up to the world around him, and he had experiences for the first time with many things on that trip. Quality can be defined as how good or bad something is or simply a characteristic or feature that someone or something has something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing a high level of value or excellence. There are many experiences of quality in life that many people discover/ experience. 'Achieving…

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