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Robert Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

3 Thoughts on Idiocy

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1: There are idiots.

I understand idiocy as a lack of integrity between what one knows and what one does. If I know “better” and yet act “lesser” that, in my mind, makes me an idiot. So when I say that someone is an idiot I don’t mean it in a pejorative way … I am simply saying that I perceive that person as being untrue to him/her higher-self. As I write this I  realize that this conclusion seems to go against the accepted definition … to me an idiot is not really self-involved but rather insufficiently involved with one-self.

2: I can be an idiot too.

I believe we live in a world where some people have more access to “better” then others. I consider myself a fortunate individual … I’ve had plenty of access to “better” in my life. I now live amongst people who, for the most part, have not been as fortunate as me. This leads to many situations in which I perceive them doing things I know to be “lesser” … things that I know can be done “better”. There is still in me an old (and apparently angry) habit that thinks of them as idiots. But when I actually pause and think about it I realize that I am the one without integrity. That I know better does not mean that they know better however that I know that they don’t know better means I should. I am an idiot for expecting them to behave based on what I know.

3: No, I am my own teacher

If I do happen to misperceive idiocy in someone else and in doing so dicover my own idiocy that doesn’t nake that other person a “teacher” (thinking that merely confirms my idiocy). That makes me my own teacher.

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