From: Matt poot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 16 2005 - 01:23:26 BST
mark: (anthony>>?) Pirsig does place more emphasis on individual
self-development (through Buddhist thought) rather than mass social
movements so the plausibility of choosing an economic or politically
orientated solution over Pirsig's in dealing with modern alienation could
possibly be loosely framed as choosing between the respective effectiveness
of Buddhist philosophy or radical politics in achieving positive global
social change. (McWatt 2004, p. 137-8)
Poot: just a brief comment.
It makes sense to put self-development ahead, to me, and heres why, as
concisely as I can put it;
Attempting to develop with the intentions of affecting society, rather than
self can be tricky because there is so much to concieve at any given point,
and its impossible to tell what the results of actions (in good will) will
If you develop yourself , with the aims of leading of life of high-value
choices, towards evolution , or basically in a positive way, then you can
affect society in a very positive way.
i.e. vegetarianism, is often a personal choice, but this personal choice is
often spread to others who are in contact with the vegetarian, and then come
to examine their own lives .
There are certain value choices that are very common, and easily contagious.
Some most frequent relate to acts of kindness, generosity, anger, revenge,
guilt, and respect, just to name a few.
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