Anything can be done gracefully. Consider: one can peel an orange such that the rind is removed in a single, spiraling helix of citrus. Or, one can carelessly stab at the rind with stubby fingers, extracting chunk by little chunk, ending up sticky and frustrated. Similarly, one can write a Zen and the Art of book using piercing wisdom to enlighten the reader on how a given hobby (archery, motorcycle maintenance), when done correctly, can unlock the secrets of the universe. Or, one can choose a hobby, throw together some potted wisdom, and trick the reader into thinking they have unlocked the secrets of the universe.
Of course, peeling an orange perfectly is a painstaking, arduous task. Gaining piercing wisdom can also be painstaking and arduous. Sure, if we had the time we’d all pick up an esoteric hobby and attain nirvana through our single-minded devotion to flower arrangement, or calligraphy,, but instead we have jobs, bills, and responsibilities. Thankfully, using my simple four-step process, you will be able to publish your very own Zen and the Art of book, without having to do all that annoying soul-searching and grueling transcendence.
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