“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” – Alan Watts
“The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.” – Robert M. Pirsig
“That Was Zen; This Is Tao!”
What an impact technology has made on our lives, and I have finally experienced that profound moment when it all comes together and hits you in the gut. My 21st century zen moment.
I recently traveled to Brooklyn to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of my great family. While there I was able to enjoy their ummm “facilities”. Now like everyone else, there was a small library for casual reading during your “down” time. I happened across a book that really intrigued me:
As I sat there pondering these deep questions, and perhaps learning a little zen, I was overcome with a desire to own this particular book. Well, I thought I could probably just make a mental note of the title, but knowing me I’d forget all about it once my movement was over. Aha! I had it… I’d use my iPhone to create a voice memo. Whipping out my iPhone and opening it up I saw my Amazon shopping app. Hmmm thought I… So I started the Amazon app, selected barcode scan, turned the book over and scanned the barcode. Thus began my journey to realization! The Amazon app not only found the book in question, but found many copies. Most of the results were used, so running through the list I found one that was used and in good condition, and was also eligable for Amazon Prime! One click, a confirmation, and six dollars later my book was ordered. Today I received my book via UPS. All of this while sitting on the john! What a wonderful world we live in today!
Ok maybe not technically a zen moment, but a technically zen moment!
As you were.
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