Zen i ...more
LILA has some obvious similarities with ZEN ...more
These are deep questions that affect everyone. Pirsig follows up his Zen book with a smoother, more sophisticated, and clearer book that may not be as mystifying and haunting, but is certainly more mature. This book made me rethink myself, my relationships with everyone I know, my professional behavior, and much about my research. By my limited understanding of Lila, I am a more effective father, friend, son, brother, teacher, ...more
-Darwin's Theory of Evolution fails to account for improvement; the author posits that it's not about survival, it's about striving towards Quality
-There are 2 kinds of Quality: Static and Dynamic. Dynamic Quality allows for change that creates improvement. Static Quality prevents backsliding. Too much Static Quality leads to stagnation. Too much Dynamic Quality leads to chaos.
-Cells are only int ...more
At the same time, he delves into the philos ...more
Overall, the narrative of Phaedrus and Lila is far less engaging than the one between Phaedrus and his son in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAMM). I did enjoy some of the passages on sailing and the scene where Phaedrus is confronted by a critic of ZAMM but the book lacked a cohesive framework. The scene with Robert Redford was disappointing and the final conclusion in Manhattan is anti-climatic and bland.
I found that Pirsig' ...more
In addition, the book contains a lot ...more
This is a daunting read, first off... My first recommendation to someone reading is to not divide your attention! If you pick up another novel in juxtaposition to Pirsig's "Inquiry" you will have hell picking it up again! Dedicate to this book and though you will be "forced" to put it down tens of times when it is all that you have, it will again become inviting. (when it's all that you have)
Regardless, with the best intention I leave this book a rating of both a 1 and 5. The 5 is for Pirsig's e...more
I may actually not get around to reading ZMM, but Lila stands well on its own.
One of the several undercurrents:
All things have equal right to be, but if a choice has to be made then a thing/being of a higher order should have privilege over a thing/being of a less complex order.
The proposed order of complexity is:
- Non living organisms
- Living organisms
. Law and regulations
- Complex structures
. Villages with their own dynamics
. Cities wi ...more
In Lila Pirsig builds on his idea of Quality developed in Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by creating a Metaphysics of Quality with an aim of replacing the subject-object metaphysics of Western philosophy. He also puts mysticism in the same framework as substance and mind by modelling both substance and morals as quality, but with a separation between what he calls static and Dynamic patterns of value.
To Pirsig, Dynamic value is chaotic, and occurs through mystical ...more
The brilliant insight into the nature of Quality that he explained in 'Zen...' is explored further in this book. He further divides the quality concepts into static/dynamic and explores these further to form a comprehensive hierarchy. The ideas and the hierarchy is solid enough an ...more
'La racine proto-indo-européenne d'aretê est le morphème rt. Et là, auprès d'aretê se trouvait un trésor d'autres mots dérivés de rt : "arithmétique", "aristocrate", "art", "rhétorique", "rite", "rituel", ainsi que les mots anglais "worth", "wright", "right". Tous c ...more
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