From: MarshaV (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jan 01 2005 - 20:12:07 GMT
It seems true. Life might best be experienced moment by moment, or breath
At 03:27 PM 12/31/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>In this little snippet from ZMM;
>Or if he takes whatever dull job he's stuck with...and they are all,
>sooner or later, dull...and, just to keep himself amused, starts to look
>for options of Quality, and secretly pursues these options, just for
>their own sake, thus making an art out of what he is doing, he's likely
>to discover that he becomes a much more interesting person and much less
>of an object to the people around him because his Quality decisions
>change him too. And not only the job and him, but others too because the
>Quality tends to fan out like waves. The Quality job he didn't think
>anyone was going to see is seen, and the person who sees it feels a
>little better because of it, and is likely to pass that feeling on to
>others, and in that way the Quality tends to keep on going. 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.
>you see a sorta Zen like thinking. You might notice the word
>'individuals' in " . . . by individuals making Quality decisions." In
>Zen thinking, you cure the world from within. It doesn't mean cure
>yourself and stop, but by starting from within, you expand out to your
>family, your circle of friends, your state, your Gov., and your world.
>You may see things from a high Quality level, but you must interact on a
>low Quality level. From your high Quality, or DQ, you interact with the
>static patterns, or SQ, and just by doing so, you improve the world.
>If you look upon war as you would a natural disaster in your little
>small part of the world, you know that these natural disasters are
>temporary, as war is temporary. Nature cures itself, and society cures
>itself, just as Pirsig's thoughts show the insane cure themselves. Just
>as a hurricane does not kill your neighborhood, neither does war kill
>society. What is happening in Iraq, for whatever reasons -- the reasons
>don't really matter, as there is nothing you can do now, just as you
>can't stop a hurricane -- it is a matter of the social patterns being
>destroyed. You can relate this to the shock therapy Pirsig went through;
>from the cultural patterns, within and without, there was nothing left
>but DQ. This DQ builds a new culture, in Pirsig's case, a culture of
>one; in Iraq's case, a culture of society.
>As an individual, what we can best do is discuss it among our family
>and friends, and if we are in a position to where we can discuss it
>around those who make the decisions, there as well. But as an individual
>who is not in position to change what is going on, all we can offer is
>our Quality to everyone around us. Maybe we can show that there is more
>Quality in making your own decisions as opposed to the decisions that
>are made for you from the media. To me, this kind of Quality could make
>a huge difference in the world, but it is only one small step, and all
>we can make is small steps; one Quality decision after another.
>Sometimes, doing nothing, or what gives off the idea we are doing
>nothing, is actually doing more that if we took action.
>Don't take this as heartless thinking, as I do see the suffereing in
>Iraq and Afgainistan, but I also see suffering all over the world,
>including here in the US that can have just as devistating effects.
>I think the idea is 'Think' on the higher levels, but you must interact
>on the lower levels. Maybe just living a Quality life is one of the most
>mystical events that can happen in your world. Just living a Quality
>life can change the world more than taking action to change the world.
>As Pirsig says, this Quality fans out.
>We can't suffer enough to stop the suffering of others, but we can make
>Quality decisions, one right after another, that will eventually fan
>out. Like the butterfly flapping her wings on the other side of the
>world, our Quality decisions do make a difference. It doesn't have to be
>active, as the serenity we act with can affect the peacefulness of those
>we don't even know we are communicating with.
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