moment of zen revisited

an unabashed rip-off of jon stewart, my moment of zen is a short downhill run that exhilarates and gives me a blast of cool breeze about 2/3 of the way through my daily ride…if there are no cars, no pedestrians, no puddles…i get to blast down the hill and cross the intersection, go around the end of the speed bump and collect bugs with my teeth…

albert camus in the myth of sisyphus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe) describes how sisyphus, having offended the gods, is sentenced to pushing a rock up a hill for all eternity…when he reaches the top, the rock rolls down the other side and he has to go down and push it up again…

the lesson to be extracted from this, beyond the unbearably depressing existentialism of wartime europe…the lesson is that sisyphus should take his pleasures while walking down the hill…like the far side cows, don’t forget to stop and eat the flowers…

this is my moment of zen, when i can ride down the hill without stopping…today was a good day…

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