This book is about reconciling this, and thus reconciling rationality, art, and religion with one another, though the religious part isn't touched on all that much. The author goes on to suggest an idea that "quality" is the fundamental force in the universe. As an example of this idea-application in practice, the author says to open the Tao Te Ching and replace "the way"(etc..) with "quality", and then see how much it makes sense.
While insightful, it really is a bit silly. But don't let that get you down on the book -- the book is well worth your time to read. The material is really very interesting. I am certain you will love it.
i am also uninterested in motorized transport in general, but have read that book three times and it is the only book i've ever read twice in a row.
Describes a very interesting conceptual framework, with a division between intellect, biology and society.
However, I think the Chautauqua theme is enlightening. For me, the book was a "mind-shaper", if you'll allow me such a term. It didn't convince me, but what it taught me was tangential to what the book was actually saying.
I guess another way of saying it is that, for me, the journey taught me something very valuable, whereas the destination was a bit silly.