When you try to climb a mountain to prove how big you are, you almost never make it. And even if you do it’s a hollow victory. In order to sustain the victory you have to prove yourself again and again in some other way, and again and again and again, driven forever to fill a false image, haunted by the fear that the image is not true and someone will find out.
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
It’s an old split. Like the one between art and art history. One does it and other talks about how it’s done and the the talk about how it’s done never seems to match how one does it.
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance