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Section Nine 


 

The Art of Motorcycling

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Motorcycling requires clarity of the moment and sharpness of perception. And this is hindered by anyone who worries about unrealized phantoms. Self-contained and easy to maintain, the motorcycle is the Viking-Poet's instrument to write his verses of adventure, a vehicle of freedom without glass windows cutting off ones immediate intimacy with the world, such as smells and temperatures intermingling with side winds that dishevels hair. Like his life, the danger is indivisible from the ride. And it is this ingredient that enhances the thrill. Without danger an exploit is flat, like life without death. The Viking-Poet thrives in danger because it is a reminder of his mortality. There are no seatbelts on a motorcycle. 

Road-Tripping Rules

q      Can never have too much tissue, water, bread or nuts

q      Always bring an extra wool sweater

q      Always be in the appropriate gear

q      Always give passing trucks wide berth

q      Never push a bad position

q      Always carry extra engine oil on long tours

q      Always bring raingear - tops and bottoms

q      Always bring extra pairs of socks

q      Always wear eye tackle

q      Always wear long sleeves and long pants despite the heat

q      Always have emergency phone numbers

q      Always bring a reserve wad of cash in small bills

q      Always have a decent map

q      Always bring a Zippo lighter and a candle

q      Always keep an eye and ear peeled for au naturale music

q      Always wear multiple layers

q      Never bring a bulky jacket

q      Always bring a journal and reliable writing utensil (pencil)

q      Always take the scenic route

q      Never feel like you're in a hurry

q      Always have a pair of gloves for mountain riding

q      All terrains are desirable except sand and volcanic ash

q      Never climb when you could be one gear lower

q      Always be on the lookout for side roads leading to lagoons

q      Always sport a posture that aligns with the form of the bike

q      Primary responsibility is to be considerate to your motorbike

q      And always carry a compass on your watchstrap

 

In the code it is believed that if a member believes in a Supreme Being, and is respectful and honest in all matters, a Guardian Angel will watch over them. Comes in handy while adventuring in foreign lands where littering on the roads with unexpected red herrings is common. Since earthquakes, typhoons, tidal waves and avalanches were all deemed Acts of Odin, a Viking-Poet regards His acts as exploits that were full of beauty.

To free oneself from the worry of death, a Viking-Poet should believe they have a Guardian Angel looking over their shoulder during acute danger. There will be many close calls with the Grim Reaper but one survives each one in a manner that strongly suggests divine intervention. Any mention of their divine protector would be bad form, but wisdom teaches one the importance of passing down knowledge to those willing to listen, so now you know why a Viking-Poet's fear is small. Great Teacher in the Sky instructs all who believe in Him and keep an eye open for His Signs.

  

Section Ten 

Becoming a Zeitqualia Master

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As is stated in the theory of relativity there is no unique absolute time, but instead each individual has his own personal measure of time that depends on where he is and how he is moving. There's a subjective view of time. Riding a motorcycle off-road changes time for the rider; it becomes more intense, or to use Kant's word: more intensive. More qualia, more color, more butterflies, more bumps, more smells, more memories than the same kilometer one just rode on pavement before going off-road. Just like time within the workplace is different from time you spend on your bike. It's quantifiably the same - one minute is one minute - but the experience of time is different. They're qualitatively different.

The Viking-Poet word is zeitqualia. It's experiencing the flow of time in all its color and texture and magnitude. That's what one does on motorcycles or mountain bikes. The serious green of the mountains and the cool breeze of the wind and the rocks on the road; they are all part of the qualia of the ride. It is the kaleidoscope of tactile images that penetrates the veil of the Viking-Poet's senses when executing an exploit. Zeitqualia: zeit is German for time, and qualia is the Latin root of the word ‘quality,' meaning the qualitative, experiential ‘feel' of a mental state or process. For instance, the redness of a visual experience, the hurt of pain, or the chocolateness of a taste.

To maximize the zeitqualia of an exploit is the task for our Viking-Poets.

One might as if it is a sensation? Yes. Kant calls it ‘intensive magnitude' or a degree of influence on the sense. He believed perception contains sensation and that a magnitude of apprehension causes increased intensity in the sensation. By removing the translucent glass protecting you from ontological reality, perceptions become clearer and one becomes in touch with the raw texture of adventure through coordinated movement. There is a synergy one experiences, a high, from the act itself. So many choose not to undertake exploits and they lack the essential zeitqualia element in their lives. That's the point.

Pain, hand-in-hand with joy, reminds the Viking-Poet that he is living. And maybe through his exploits can attain freedom from his pain. If he can immerse himself so deeply into his flow, his zeitqualia, that he loses his sense of pain and actually skims atop the earth using his momentum to overpower gravity. If zeitqualia is being in the marrow of the moment, the point zero of incongruity and the flight of least turbulence, then it is the full manifestation of being in the NOW, sliding on the wet ice of time. Perhaps there is qualia in his pain.

This handbook has been written to enlighten those still slumbering, whose instincts are drowsy, and who have forgotten the thrill of adventure. One deep down cares for their fellow man especially when there are sickly. Put it this way, without the outlet an undertaking an exploit, a man with passion will implode from lack of use of vital sensibilities that makes a man full. Give a man a battlefield or playground; it's the same ancient codebook of behaviour that springs into play. The important thing is to expend that energy so that one may grow. It's a snowballing action, both in abilities and from the inner glow of accomplishment. Part and parcel with the accumulation of creative achievement is the fervor and flush of ones infinite goodness. The natural expression is compassion one has for others.

Over time the snowballing glow spills over creating an urge to spread the goodness around. The act of giving is poetic; so manifesting this action only adds to the richness of ones brush and the aggregate camaraderie of mankind.

  
 
 
 

 
 
 
Table of Contents
        Forward
1.     Wisdom
2.     A Viking-Poet Exploit
3.     The Viking-Poet Club
4.     Harnessing Ones Will
5.     Instinct
6.     The 21st-Century Man
7.     The Time Factor
8.     The Viking-Poet Philosopher
9.     The Art of Motorcycling
10.  Becoming a Zeitqualia Master
11.  Using Inflected Logic
12.  Bending Grammar
13.  In Summary
         
 
 

 
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