“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”
— Robert M. Pirsig
These days most of us spend way too much time removed from our surroundings. We spend time on our computers and phones and look out the windows of our offices, homes and cars. Being truly in our surroundings with nothing separating us from our experience enhances our lives so much. It is not only in our bodies that we limit ourselves to viewing life through a window. We do it constantly with our thoughts. We dismiss experiences and outlooks that are outside our frame of reference either because we fear what we may see, find it too odd or too opposed to how we see life. If only we could drop our life lenses and leave our reality tunnels aside and consider each viewpoint directly without worrying about how it fits in with ours. It would be like going outdoors after too long a period of just looking through the window and the scenery is so beautiful.
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