A theoretical explanation of attaining power. Applicable to new riders.
I'm on a break between semesters and have been crushing through a bunch of Michael Crichton novels. In Jurassic Park, a character explains:
"Most kinds of power require a substantial sacrifice by whoever wants the power. There is an apprenticeship, a discipline lasting many years. Whatever kind of power you want. President of the company. Black belt in Karate. Spiritual guru. Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort. You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you have attained it, it is your power. It can't be given away: it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline.
"Now, what is interesting about this process is that, by the time someone has acquired the ability to kill with his bare hands, he has also matured to the point where he won't use it unwisely. So that kind of power has a built-in control. The discipline of getting the power changes you so that you won't abuse it.
"But scientific power is like inherited wealth: attained without discipline. You read what others have done, and you take the next step. You can do it very young. You can make progress very fast. There is no discipline lasting decades. There is no mastery: old scientists are ignored. There is no humility before nature. No one has any standards. None of your colleagues will criticize you. They are all trying to do the same thing: to do something big and do it fast.
"And because you stand on the shoulders of giants, you can accomplish something quickly. You don't even know exactly what you have done, but already you have reported it, patented it and sold it.
While in no way is this text in the correct context here, it applies very well to beginning to ride. Because fast bikes are readily available and financially attainable many riders go too big too fast. While there are pages and pages of arguing this and that, I thought this passage was a condensed explanation of the theoretical reasoning behind the old-heads arguments.
Hopefully someone gets something out of it.
A good read. Thanks for posting it.