20130923-225146.jpgWhere is motorcycling in a cycle of philosophy that transcends modes of expression? If you look at the trends in analyses of literature, it begins with Structuralism: naming and categorizing everything, looking for definitions. Next comes Deconstruction: finding the shortcomings of rigid categories and seeking to point those out. Finally is Modernity: seeing that these two radically different schools of thought were, in their time, widely accepted, and therefore resisting analyzing text beyond what is obviously apparent (often going one step further into nihilism). This cycle of philosophy corresponds with anthropology, social philosophy, and so on. In the Victorian age, it was all about defining classes and those who belong in which, following strict guidelines. Entering the twentieth century and “melting pot” social identity brought along the Deconstructionist school of thought, where everything is acceptable and roles/definitions/categories cannot be established. Next came Modernity, where we are stuck now, where most think “why bother with such a fickle society? I have my own beliefs and there’s no need for a collective identity”…some go further into nihilism. Who knows…soon the cycle will restart. How does the freedom of the road and the solo pleasures of two wheels fit into the progress of philosophical thought?