Sebastian Borrazas

I'm a full stack engineer from Montevideo. Love functional programming, the web and Erlang.

Book review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values is a thought provoking book on very profound philosophical questions. It is delivered as a story of the author on a trip with his son, while a bunch of philosophical thoughts of his are given in the form of a first-person monologue.

The aspects that stuck the most and for which I enjoyed the book the most are about dealing with technology and craftsmanship and the perception of reality.

It mentions two different views and attitutes towards reality, a classic and a romantic one. The classic view values technology, while the romantic view condemns it. People involved with the romantic approach run away from technology, they live with it but are completely detached. They see technology as an outsider. The classic approach cares about technology, and tries to understand it to the fullest, to the point where it becomes part of one.

As a someone that has to work with technology, this hits home. What should my attitude towards technology be? This book is a great companion to take while trying to answer this question.