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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Quality

An initial overview of Robert Pirsig's chautagua concerning quality
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David Youngblood

on 20 September 2010

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Transcript of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Quality

Quality Subjective Objective Is the quality of the object
directly a result of the observer? This would suggest that quality is relative to every individual. If that is true then there can be no real definition of quality. REALSIM: "If the world can't
function normally without it, then it exists." "What you like is unimportant because it is composed of irrational emotions." Classic thinking says, "What's not understood intelectually is not understood at all." Quality is, therefore, unimportant because it is an emotional understanding not accompanied with intellectual reason. Quality is not objective because it doesn't reside in the material world. Quality is not subjective because it doesn't merely reside in the rational mind. The really deep stuff Quality occurs in objects (matter), but feelings of Quality can occur without objects. Quality decreases subjectivity because it takes you out of yourself and into the world around you (opens the door for objectivity). Conclusion: Quality is not independently related to either mind or matter. Conclusion: Quality must then be found in the relationship between subject and object: mind and emotion. Quality is not a "thing" but rather the event or moment when the subject sees the object. There is a small time lag between the instant of vision and the instant of awareness. Reality is the moment of vision before the intellectualization takes place. That instant is where you find quality.
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