From: Glenn Bradford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 20:15:46 BST
The difference between 'Quality' and 'Dynamic Quality'
has been a perennial confusion within the MOQ. It is
hard for me to understand how the term Quality can be
sensibly understood as anything that exists apart from
its use as a shorthand for the two types of quality -
DQ and SQ - taken together. In other words, the idea
that Quality is sliced up into DQ and SQ explains the
kinds of Quality we have, not that DQ and SQ emanated
from some well-spring of Quality; not that Quality is
more primary than DQ and SQ; not that we have a
trinity. DQ is the leading edge of experience and SQ
is the creation left in its wake. That is all Pirsig's
MOQ says there is.
Pirsig is not always so careful about this in his
writing, however, even if it be after chapter 9 or in
his post-Lila letters, and often I find him using the
term 'Quality' or 'quality' when he is clearly talking
about Dynamic Quality and not static quality.
Just as for other things that evade scientific
understanding, mysticism is most assuredly lumped with
DQ by the MOQ.
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