LS Re: in nothingness there is a great working

Troy Becker (
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 17:32:26 +0100

On Thu, 27 Aug 1998, Donald S. Rosenow wrote:

> The Quality Event is not necessarily moral at all. A rock hitting the
> Earth is no more than that, albeit a rock that will cause a low quality
> biological environment for Homo Sapiens. Is it not our response to the
> event that determines the morality?

my god. i can't find any response to this, so i better start it myself.
i can not let this one go.

a rock hitting the earth DOES have morality. at least it does in MOQ.
every event, behavior, and thing we can call a thing has morality. what i
should say, is everything has Value, and that this value is its morality.
in Lila, Pirsig exposed 'the ethics of metaphysics', explaining how we can
measure the morality of "things" and make moral choices. we may not be
able to make a choice when it comes to a rock hitting the earth, but we
can talk about its morality.

i think Pirsig was getting at: real morality is above and beyond
human response, at least in the ideal metaphysics. in his proposed MoQ,
we can deal with the morality of things OUT OF CONTEXT, which tells me
that this MoQ is something to write home about.

note that social mores and rules of conduct are "at a more local level"
than the universal (i hesitate to say 'objective') morality at the
metaphysical level.

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