"There is a perennial classical question that asks which part of skateboarding, is that that makes it great. Obviously to ask that question is to look in the wrong direction, for the greatness is every part of it. But just as obviously to ask that question is to look in the right direction, for the greatness is every part of it."
"When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process. That is fairly well understood, at least in the arts. Mark Twain's experience comes to mind, in which, after he had mastered the analytic knowledge needed to pilot the Mississippi River, he discovered the river had lost its beauty. Something is always killed. But what is less noticed in the arts...something is always created too. And instead of just dwelling on what is killed it's important also to see what's created and to see the process as a kind of death-birth continuity that is neither good nor bad, but just is."
The above two passages are taken from one of the world's most famous books - there's a couple of minor alterations that make it more relevant to this page.
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I've been skating since 1977 - that'll be 32 years in September 2009!