the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety
We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a
monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone.
the absence of mental stress or anxiety
Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the
serenity at the center of it all.
an untroubled state that is free from disturbances
The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces
tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.
fortitude and determination
Anxiety, the next
gumption trap, is sort of the opposite of ego. You're so sure you'll do everything wrong you're afraid to do anything at all. Often this, rather than "laziness" is the real reason you find it hard to get started.
a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an
equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.
a situation in which no progress can be made
Now we’ve a real intellectual
impasse. Our reason, which is supposed to make things more intelligible, seems to be making them less intelligible, and when reason thus defeats its own purpose something has to be changed in the structure of our reason itself.
capable of being apprehended or understood
Now we’ve a real intellectual impasse. Our reason, which is supposed to make things more
intelligible, seems to be making them less
intelligible, and when reason thus defeats its own purpose something has to be changed in the structure of our reason itself.
taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias
The whole purpose of scientific method is to make valid distinctions between the false and the true in nature, to eliminate the
subjective, unreal, imaginary elements from one’s work so as to obtain an objective, true picture of reality.
without change, in every case
One thing about pioneers that you don’t hear mentioned is that they are
invariably, by their nature, mess-makers.
Of the value traps, the most widespread and
pernicious is value rigidity. This is an inability to revalue what one sees because of commitment to previous values. In motorcycle maintenance, you MUST rediscover what you do as you go. Rigid values makes this impossible.