From: Platt Holden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Oct 23 2005 - 12:23:11 BST
> People are basing their decisions on what they consider to be Quality as
> they have since the beginning of time. I fail to see the connection between
> a metaphysics based on morality and whether I choose a Honda or a Rolls
> Royce in the marketplace. Perhaps you can explain.
> And as Pirsig pointed out in ZMM, they had no provisions for morals in the
> production and consumption of goods, part of the century of post-Industrial
> revolution decay caused by an amoral metaphysics. As for you question, I
> shouldn't have to explain it, Pirsig already did an excellent job of that
> in ZMM. And if you try to pervert what I said into "Honda versus Royles
> Royce", then I don't think you understood ZMM at all.
I guess not. Naturally your interpretation must be the only right one.
But, if you can't apply it to specifics like Hondas vs. Rolls-Royces, or
Hondas vs. Harleys, I have my doubts.
> Again, I don't think Pirsig wrote his books to interfere with people's free
> choices in the free market. It wasn't his style to be like Richard Rigel,
> "Full of great ways for others to improve without any expense to
> themselves." (Lila, 7)
> Jeez. Do I have to say this in every post? My fingers are a' achin'! No,
> Pirsig did not want to interfere with the "free market", he wanted to give
> people a means to appreciate Quality in production and consumption, an
> absence of which created a "free market" overloaded with junk.
If that's your interpretation, so be it. Sounds to me like you want to
make ZMM into some sort of self-help sermon along the lines of Dr. Phil or
Dr. Laura. That's not what I got out of it. But, as freedom dictates, to
each his own. :-)
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