In an old book (Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 1974) on page 170 is the story of a girl student wanting to write a 500-word essay on the USA. She could not write a word. The teacher tried anything to help her and at last He said to her ” Narrow your subject down to the front of one building on the Mainstreet of Bozeman. The Opera house. Start with the upper left-hand brick.”
She wrote a 5000-word essay on this subject.
Robert Pirsig explains that the girl had to look for herself now and she could not rely on the things she learned before.
What is rhizomatic in this story?
That upper-left hand brick is a part of a huge rhizome. You could try to think of the rhizome as all aspects of the stone this girl student could write about.
Try to be that girl, go to the hamburger stand across the Opera House and look at the upper-left hand stone. Look at it and Start to write…
This brick has a history, and a future, has a structure, a function, it is artistic, biological, chemical and physical. This one brick has relations to other stories about industry, transport, finance, politics, juridical and socialogical systems. This brick is part of the world and part of so much stories.
These unseen connections of this upper-left hand brick are part of the rhizome.
And than it became part of this book of Pirsig, and it became part of this MOOC.
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