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Tag Archives: Robert Pirsig

Christopher Alexander – Centers & Life … and Robert Pirsig

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This excerpt has, for me, a unique flavor. It is brief. I originally intended to skip it, but decided to come back to it. It will probably come across as abstract. I did not find a way to capture the essence of the next few sections which contain examples that illustrate the point Alexander is […]

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Robert Pirsig: Rest in Abundant Peace

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Robert Pirsig has departed. He was and continues to be a grand pillar in my consciousness. Though I have very little patience for academic philosophy, I do consider Pirsig a philosopher, a grand phiilosopher of our time . Grand as the myths that society seems to (mistakenly!?) assign to famous Greek philosophers like Plato and […]

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Yoga incorporates felt experience

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Again this reminded me of Alexander and unfoding wholeness – a process of making in which felt experience is constantly incorporated in guiding choices … and of Pirsig’s sitting on a hot stove. “Practice is action. In this, Yoga differs from – without exclding – other schools of philosophy and of belief that rely solely […]

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Robert Pirsig on Writing

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“The basic unit of that particular process is a comparison. You take two slips and you say: “Which one comes first?”. And I don’t know of any rational way in which you can pass a rule as to which one comes first but it seems like you always know. And now you get two slips […]

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Radiating

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“The Zen master, he doesn’t have any particular teaching. He just sets you a good example. He just lives his own life as best he can. The most Dynamic, the most good high quality way he can and it kind of radiates out.” Robert Pirsig – Source

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Everyone’s just about out of gumption

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“My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement of the world will be done: by individuals making Quality decisions and that’s all. God I don’t want to have any more enthusiasm for big programs full of social planning for big masses of people that leave individual Quality out. These can be left […]

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Reading Lila – Good

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Take care of your goodness

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Reading Lila – Enlightment

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Christ, Lincoln, Gandhi … that’s what they were really involved in, the cleansing of the world through the absorption of karmic garbage. They didn’t pass it on.

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Reading Lila – Dharma

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Dharma is Quality itself, the principle of ‘rightness’ which gives structure and purpose to the evolution of all life …

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Reading Lila – Rta

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The mythos is the social culture and the rhetoric which the culture must invent before philosophy becomes possible

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Reading Lila – Meditation

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Just as mystics traditionally seek monasteries and ashrams … so are the insane treated by isolation in places of relative calm and austerity and silence.

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Reading Lila – Shock

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The value of shock treatment is not that it returns a lunatic to normal cultural patterns. It certainly does not do that. It’s value is that it destroys all patterns … cultural and private, and leaves the patient temporarily in a Dynamic state …

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Reading Lila – Religion

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Religious mysticism is one of those delusions that isn’t called insane only because there are so many people involved …

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Reading Lila – Dynamic

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Dynamic Quality is a higher moral order than scientific truth, and it is as immoral for philosophers of science to try to suppress Dynamic Quality as it is for church authorities to suppress scientific method. Dynamic value is an integral part of science. It is the cutting edge of scientific progress itself.

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Reading Lila – Contrarians

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Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has …

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Reading Lila – Sanity

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… the insane person is running a private unapproved film which he happens to like better than the current cultural one …

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Reading Lila – Do You See the Light?

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When a cartoonist wants to show someone getting a great idea he puts an electric bulb over the character’s head. Everybody understands … Why?

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Reading Lila – Facts & Culture

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Your static value system filters out the undesirable opinions & preserves the desirable ones … it isn’t just opinions that get filtered out. It’s also data.

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Reading Lila – Insanity

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Insanity isn’t an ‘object’ of observation. It’s an alteration of observation itself …

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Reading Lila – Ruthlessness

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Today we are living in an intellectual and technological paradise and a moral and social nightmare.

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