"Thus the hero of the Odyssey is a great fighter, a wily schemer, a ready speaker, a man of stout heart and broad wisdom who knows that he must endure without too much complaining what he gods send; and he can both build and sail a boat, drive a furrow as straight as anyone, beat a young braggart at throwing the discus, challenge the Phaecian youth at boxing, wrestling or running; flay, skin, cut up and cook an ox, and be moved to tears by a song.  He is in fact an excellent all-rounder; he has surpassing arÍte.

"ArÍte implies a respect for the wholeness or oneness of life, and a consequent dislike of specialization.  It implies a contempt for efficiency--or rather a much higher idea of efficiency which exits not in one department of life but in life itself."

--Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  

 

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