The Dawning Of Rational Analysis—A Quality Moment

The authors show that a generalized principle of complementarity is pervasive not only in physical theories such as cosmological models of the universe, but also in the construction of all human realities.

Grounding The Pirsig Discussion
Ottawa pub

“Excuse me,” Jim exclaimed, “I forgot to let you fellows know that I
suffer from vertigo. If you don’t want to see upchuck all over this
table, you’d better bring this conversation back down to earth. Pity
me, if you will. Let’s try and keep our feet on the ground, okay!”

“We haven’t left the ground,” Riley replied. “Far from it! According
to the narrator, Phaedrus was searching for a kind of preconscious
moment of knowing. I’m sure you would agree that at the dawning of
rational analysis a quality moment was discovered. Even if a
`preconscious moment of knowing’ does not exist, the idea that `it
might exist’ cannot be dismissed, and, if it does exist, as Phaedrus
believed it did, then in that `quality moment of knowing’ we will also
find the bridge linking reason and feeling, whole and part, and
`personhood’ and `self.’ In fact that’s exactly what happened at the
end of the book when the narrator’s personality merged back into
Phaedrus. That’s pretty grounded stuff if you ask me!”

“Are you suggesting,” Jim replied, “that quality, as it was described
in the book, is the real McCoy? Are you suggesting that this book is
somehow a siren call for a new kind of savior– the second coming
perhaps? Well, if you are, I suggest you go back to your 7th grade
science class. Maybe the next time you’ll get it right– it’s not the
claim, it’s the evidence!”

“Well, at the end of the book Phaedrus did manage to cure himself,”
Riley responded. “The narrator and Phaedrus did merge back into one

“Wishing and hoping won’t pay the rent,” Jim replied, “unless of
course it’s the title of a song and the song sells. I rest my case.”

“Well, before you send the case to the jury, or to the bar,” Riley
quipped, “I have one last thing to say. Consider this–`stuckness.’”


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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One Response to The Dawning Of Rational Analysis—A Quality Moment

  1. Mèo Lười Việt says:

    No pain no gain. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Never give up and lose hope. If you fail, at least you have tried your best, so there’s nothing to regret. 🙂

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