Bus Stop Zen

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When I saw this individual in what looked like the lotus position at a bus stop, I had to snap a photo.

When I looked more closely as I prepared to blog about it, I realized that the man was not meditating, but looking at his phone.

But it seems to me that there is still something ‘Zen’ (in the loose sense in which we use that term today) about what we are seeing in the photo. Things that used to test our patience to its breaking point – delayed buses, trains, and planes come especially to mind – can now be times of productivity, or reading for pleasure. And so hasn’t this portable technology revolutionized our ability to remain calm in situations that a previous generation found far more stressful?

Also, was I right to not call this post “Zen and the art of waiting during bus maintenance”?

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  • Gary

    What comes to mind to me is C.S. Lewis’ Great Divorce. Just need a few more people waiting in line for the bus. Of course, entering the bus, there is a sign saying, “No Wifi at your final destination (Or Cell Coverage, for that matter).”

    • Gary

      He’ll probably decide not to get on the bus.

  • John MacDonald

    Germans have a wonderful word for boredom, “Langeweile,” which vividly conveys the notion of a “stretching out of time” that we experience in boredom. Heidegger has a wonderful analysis of this in his lecture course “The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude.”