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Robert M. Pirsig

Data urodzenia: 6. Wrzesień 1928
Data zgonu: 24. Kwiecień 2017
Natępne imiona: رابرت پیرسیق

Robert Maynard Pirsig – amerykański pisarz i filozof. Sławę zdobył publikując książkę Zen i sztuka oporządzania motocykla , oraz Lila: Rozprawa o moralności .

Cytaty Robert M. Pirsig

„Gdy jedna osoba cierpi na urojenia nazywa się to szaleństwem. Gdy wiele osób cierpi na urojenia nazywa się to religią.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion. (ang.)

„The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 25
Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Kontekst: I think that if we are going to reform the world, and make it a better place to live in, the way to do it is not with talk about relationships of a political nature, which are inevitably dualistic, full of subjects and objects and their relationship to one another; or with programs full of things for other people to do. I think that kind of approach starts it at the end and presumes the end is the beginning. Programs of a political nature are important end products of social quality that can be effective only if the underlying structure of social values is right. The social values are right only if the individual values are right. The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. Other people can talk about how to expand the destiny of mankind. I just want to talk about how to fix a motorcycle. <!-- p. 304

„When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This is attributed to Pirsig by Richard Dawkins in the Preface to The God Delusion (2006), p. 28, but cannot be found prior to that. It is obviously a paraphrase of the following from Pirsig's Lila - An Inquiry Into Morals (1991): „An insane delusion can't be held by a group at all. A person isn't considered insane if there are a number of people who believe the same way. Insanity isn't supposed to be a communicable disease. If one other person starts to believe him, or maybe two or three, then it's a religion." ( books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=51i6WkGn6qYC&q=%22An+insane+delusion%22; books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=WZtRAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA426)
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Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

„The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 1
Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

„Uncle Tom's Cabin was no literary masterpiece but it was a culture-bearing book. It came at a time when the entire culture was about to reject slavery.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Afterword (1984)
Kontekst: Uncle Tom's Cabin was no literary masterpiece but it was a culture-bearing book. It came at a time when the entire culture was about to reject slavery. People seized upon it as a portrayal of their own new values and it became an overwhelming success.
The success of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance seems the result of this culture-bearing phenomenon. The involuntary shock treatment described here is against the law today. It is a violation of human liberty. The culture has changed.

„The Professor of Philosophy has made a mistake.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 29
Kontekst: The Professor of Philosophy has made a mistake. He's wasted his disciplinary authority on an innocent student while Phædrus, the guilty one, the hostile one, is still at large. And getting larger and larger. Since he has asked no questions there is now no way to cut him down. And now that he sees how the questions will be answered he's certainly not about to ask them.
The innocent student stares down at the table, face red, hands shrouding his eyes. His shame becomes Phædrus' anger. In all his classes he never once talked to a student like that. So that's how they teach classics at the University of Chicago. Phædrus knows the Professor of Philosophy now. But the Professor of Philosophy doesn't know Phædrus.

„It is the little, pathetic attempts at Quality that kill.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 30
Kontekst: The city closes in on him now, and in his strange perspective it becomes the antithesis of what he believes. The citadel not of Quality, the citadel of form and substance. Substance in the form of steel sheets and girders, substance in the form of concrete piers and roads, in the form of brick, of asphalt, of auto parts, old radios, and rails, dead carcasses of animals that once grazed the prairies. Form and substance without Quality. That is the soul of this place. Blind, huge, sinister and inhuman: seen by the light of fire flaring upward in the night from the blast furnaces in the south, through heavy coal smoke deeper and denser into the neon of BEER and PIZZA and LAUNDROMAT signs and unknown and meaningless signs along meaningless straight streets going off into other straight streets forever.
If it was all bricks and concrete, pure forms of substance, clearly and openly, he might survive. It is the little, pathetic attempts at Quality that kill.

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„I don't know his whole story. No one ever will, except Phædrus himself, and he can no longer speak. But from his writings and from what others have said and from fragments of my own recall it should be possible to piece together some kind of approximation of what he was talking about.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 6
Identifying his "destroyed" personality as "Phædrus"
Kontekst: Now I want to begin to fulfill a certain obligation by stating that there was one person, no longer here, who had something to say, and who said it, but whom no one believed or really understood. Forgotten. For reasons that will become apparent I'd prefer that he remain forgotten, but there's no choice other than to reopen his case.
I don't know his whole story. No one ever will, except Phædrus himself, and he can no longer speak. But from his writings and from what others have said and from fragments of my own recall it should be possible to piece together some kind of approximation of what he was talking about.

„These shapes are all out of someone's mind. That's important to see.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 8
Kontekst: These shapes are all out of someone's mind. That's important to see. The steel? Hell, even the steel is out of someone's mind. There's no steel in nature. Anyone from the Bronze Age could have told you that. All nature has is a potential for steel. There's nothing else there. But what's "potential"? That's also in someone's mind!

„Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Lila: An Inquiry into Morals

Lila (1991)
Kontekst: Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions. <!-- p. 73

„Any person of any philosophic persuasion who sits on a hot stove will verify without any intellectual argument whatsoever that he is in an undeniably low-quality situation: that the value of his predicament is negative.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Lila: An Inquiry into Morals

Lila (1991)
Kontekst: Any person of any philosophic persuasion who sits on a hot stove will verify without any intellectual argument whatsoever that he is in an undeniably low-quality situation: that the value of his predicament is negative. This low quality is not just a vague, woolly-headed, crypto-religious, metaphysical abstraction. It is an experience. It is not a judgment about an experience. It is not a description of experience. The value itself is an experience. As such it is completely predictable. It is verifiable by anyone who cares to do so. It is reproducible.

„The Church of Reason, like all institutions of the System, is based not on individual strength but upon individual weakness. What's really demanded in the Church of Reason is not ability, but inability. Then you are considered teachable. A truly able person is always a threat.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 30
Kontekst: The Church of Reason, like all institutions of the System, is based not on individual strength but upon individual weakness. What's really demanded in the Church of Reason is not ability, but inability. Then you are considered teachable. A truly able person is always a threat. Phædrus sees that he has thrown away a chance to integrate himself into the organization by submitting to whatever Aristotelian thing he is supposed to submit to. But that kind of opportunity seems hardly worth the bowing and scraping and intellectual prostration necessary to maintain it. It is a low-quality form of life.

„I would like not to cut any new channels of consciousness but simply dig deeper into old ones that have become silted in with the debris of thoughts grown stale and platitudes too often repeated. "What's new?"“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

is an interesting and broadening eternal question, but one which, if pursued exclusively, results only in an endless parade of trivia and fashion, the silt of tomorrow. I would like, instead, to be concerned with the question "What is best?," a question which cuts deeply rather than broadly, a question whose answers tend to move the silt downstream. There are eras of human history in which the channels of thought have been too deeply cut and no change was possible, and nothing new ever happened, and "best" was a matter of dogma, but that is not the situation now. Now the stream of our common consciousness seems to be obliterating its own banks, losing its central direction and purpose, flooding the lowlands, disconnecting and isolating the highlands and to no particular purpose other than the wasteful fulfillment of its own internal momentum. Some channel deepening seems called for.
Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 1

„The bones and flesh and legal statistics are the garments worn by the personality, not the other way around.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 7
Kontekst: They had made the mistake of thinking of a personality as some sort of possession, like a suit of clothes, which a person wears. But apart from a personality what is there? Some bones and flesh. A collection of legal statistics, perhaps, but surely no person. The bones and flesh and legal statistics are the garments worn by the personality, not the other way around.

„Steel can be any shape you want if you are skilled enough, and any shape but the one you want if you are not.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 8
Kontekst: I've noticed that people who have never worked with steel have trouble seeing this—that the motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon. They associate metal with given shapes—pipes, rods, girders, tools, parts—all of them fixed and inviolable, and think of it as primarily physical. But a person who does machining or foundry work or forge work or welding sees "steel" as having no shape at all. Steel can be any shape you want if you are skilled enough, and any shape but the one you want if you are not.

„It is Quality, not dialectic, which is the generator of everything we know.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 30
Kontekst: Dialectic, which is the parent of logic, came itself from rhetoric. Rhetoric is in turn the child of the myths and poetry of ancient Greece. That is so historically, and that is so by any application of common sense. The poetry and the myths are the response of a prehistoric people to the universe around them made on the basis of Quality. It is Quality, not dialectic, which is the generator of everything we know.

„He doesn't understand from where the shot has come. He has never confronted a living Sophist. Only dead ones.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, książka Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Źródło: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 30
Kontekst: No one sees it yet, but they will soon enough. The Chairman of the Committee on Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods has just been shot down in his own classroom.
Now he is speechless. He can't think of a word to say. The silence which so built his image at the beginning of the class is now destroying it. He doesn't understand from where the shot has come. He has never confronted a living Sophist. Only dead ones.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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