LS new vocabulary?

Donald T Palmgren (
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 17:11:55 +0100

        I decided just to run this up the flagpole and see who salutes.
        I think pirsig made a mistake by choosing the words 'static
patterns.' I think the words 'preduring (or 'long-lasting) rhythms' is
clearer. 'pattern' is too spacial and just-sitting-there. 'Rhythm'
implyes time and activity.

        For me, the key to the whole 'paterns of value' idea comes, not in
LILA, but in the Afterward to ZMM in which pirsig meditates on the death
of Chris and realizes (a Greek thought!!) that what he misses is a certain
set of social patterns. That is what Chris *really* was. His personalty
was a complex of social value rhythms -- interupted perminatly by his

        Anyway, what do you think? Is 'preduring rhythms' better than
'static patterns?' This is my proposed, small improvement on pirsig's
        (Of course then we'd all have to get used to typing 'SocRoV' and
'IntRoV,' and I guess we'd have 'pq/DQ'...)

                        TTFN (ta-ta for now)

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