Well, I found it at last, after some searching. Perhaps its significant,
in so far as we are giving Pirsig himself authority, to note that
what he first says that **it is not a code**.
A code that is not a code.
The laws that defend dynamic quality against static patterns.
More or less a kind of admonition to keep flowing, and
to beware of intertia of thought and action.
I like something from the beginning of the book where he says that
its all too easy to keep the same set of ideas in one's self
for years and years, letting nothing new in...
The admonition to "guard against" that tendency might be something
like the moral code defening dynamic quality.
Forgive me, but I can't find the quotation about old tea...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Platt Holden" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 7:51 AM
Subject: Re: MD An Introduction to the Metaphysics of Quality
> Hi Doug:
> You'll find the reference to code of art in Lila, Chap. 13. We've had many
> discussions about this in the past, wondering if art/beauty is the next
> level of evolution. I personally think so. Here's the passage:
> First, there were moral codes that established the supremacy of
> biological life over inanimate nature. Second, there were moral codes
> that established the supremacy of the social order over biological
> life-conventional morals -proscriptions against drugs, murder,
> adultery, theft and the like. Third, there were moral codes that
> established the supremacy of the intellectual order over the -social
> order-democracy, trial by jury, freedom of speech, freedom of the
> press. Finally there's a fourth Dynamic morality which isn't a code. He
> supposed you could call it a code of Art or something like that, but art
> usually thought of as such a frill that that title undercuts its
> The morality of the brujo in Zuni-that was Dynamic morality.
> > Pardon me for asking, but my copies of Lila
> > and ZAAMM seem to have nothing of a code of art.
> > Someone help me find out what I am missing
> > and where it is located?
> > Thanks.
> > Doug
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