On episodic transcendence

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On episodic transcendence

Post by mogu83 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:14 am

Recently I came across this:
"Motorcycles are a social good, and they create episodic transcendence in people that makes better people."

-Andy Goldfine during an interview with the New York Times on the integrity of Aerostich garments

Some times I read things like this and feel like I'm missing something.

'Four wheels move the body two wheels move the soul' and the infamous 'Live to Ride, Ride to live' and numerous other witty sayings likely thought up by someone that never threw a leg over a bike till they were middle age, and then only in response to a mid-life psychological crisis.
What a vast difference from what I remember about the attitude of most riders back in the 60's. As I remember it was about the power, the acceleration, the feeling of speed and I don't care about your laws, I don't care what you think, and if I want to take controlled substances or get half drunk to enjoy my ride - so what. I don't remember anyone talking about 'social good' or anything transcendental.

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Re: On episodic transcendence

Post by egschade on Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:40 am

Let's see. If transcendent means:
1 a : exceeding usual limits : surpassing
1 b : extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience
1 c in Kantian philosophy : being beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge
2 : being beyond comprehension

And episodic means:
1 : made up of separate especially loosely connected episodes
2 : having the form of an episode
3 : of or limited in duration or significance to a particular episode : temporary

Then epsodic transcendence means you occasionally have a (mental) screw come loose while riding.

But I think Goldfine may be referring to those occasional (episodic) 'pucker' moments which upon surviving, cause you to exhibit extreme gratefulness (transcendence) for life and at some level, that makes you a better person.
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Post by mogu83 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:24 am

Thanks for clearing that up. I must have missed Kantian philosophy while I was out riding my bike
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Re: On episodic transcendence

Post by Nick on Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:33 am

Oh man, I sure hope this cold winter weather goes away soon.  Episodic transcendence is way too "out there" for me Sleep
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Post by Mac on Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:05 pm

affraid
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Re: On episodic transcendence

Post by mogu83 on Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:28 am

Maybe if I bought an Aerostich riding suit I would "GET IT", but every time I save up for one I spend the money on a trip out West and spend the money on gas, tires and campground fees.
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Re: On episodic transcendence

Post by JerryK on Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:01 pm

Oh boy!

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