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Saturday, June 23, 2007

The system.... thoughts of a heretic

Recently I got a fever for reading books again and I started with "Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior" by Phil Jackson. Of course it helps that I am a basketball fanatic and so I found this to be a hugely consuming book because I could actually visualise some of the things he talked about. Anyway one of the things he raves about was the book by Robert Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values". I remembered trying to read this book while still in my first year of university and never got past the first ten pages. I wonder whether I just did not concentrate enough or I was not ready for the kind of content it presented. In any case I bought it recently and started to read it again. It is making me think I am really an activist. I read this one phrase that immediately made me think of the mindset of most Ugandans.... at least my view on that mindset. I leave it to your own interpretation... "... the true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory."


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