That's the beauty about Pirsing. He was able to tackle your question
early on in the book. And I bring it up again. Pirsig was able to
illustrate early on in ZMM when he was offering to fix John's handlebars
with a shim made from a beer can.
John had nothing to do with because:
1. It did not come from the Shop.
2. It did not have the motorcycle's manufacturer approval/stamp/name on
3. it was not installed by a professional
Right there and then he was in the High Country. That point is lost on
You don't have to read music in order to enjoy it. And to lots old time
blues and jazz players, reading music was not required. They just played.
A baseball pitcher may know nothing calculus, yet every pitch is millions
Remember in the movie good will hunting when the newly discovered math
wizard confronts the math professor. He said to him this is easy for, I
am sorry it does not come so easy for you.
Zen. You feel it. you don't know it.
> Where is the Zen?
> I read the perspective of the cold war warrior, the theologian, the
> activist, the dialectician, the academic, the scientist, the
> philosopher, etc. etc. I read of the conflict between the levels and
> with a dominant level. But where is the Dynamic Quality that Zen
> Where is the turning away from, the letting go of, attachment.
> Where are the instructions, methods and suggestions to reach the
>place for experiencing that everything is connected to everything and a
> broader perspective? And how can this be cultivated in ourselves and
> offered to all in the Social and Intellectual levels?
> Is the Metaphysics of Quality to become just another headache, all
> heat and no quality?
> Forgive my impertinence.