Robert m. Pirsig is my other master I read his book “zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance like 5 times

Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has. They may be precursors of social change. They’ve taken the burdens of the culture onto themselves, and in their struggle to solve their own problems they’re solving problems for the culture as*well.
Robert M. Pirsig

When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

Robert M. Pirsig

Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Laws of logic, or mathematics are also human inventions, like ghosts. The whole blessed thing is a human invention, including the idea that it isn’t a human invention.

Robert M. Pirsig

Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the centre of it all.
(Robert M. Pirsig)

Cultures are not the source of all morals, only a limited set of morals. Cultures can be graded and judged morally according to their contribution to the evolution of life.
Robert M. Pirsig

Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.
Robert M. Pirsig

“One geometry cannot be more true than another it can only be more convenient. Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.”
Robert M. Pirsig

“When you look directly at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your own knowledge that he’s insane, which is not to see him at all. To see him you must see what he saw and when you are trying to see the vision of an insane man, an oblique route is the only way to come at it.”
―Robert M. Pirsig

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.”
―Robert M. Pirsig

*“I argued that physical discomfort is important only when the mood is wrong. Then you fasten on to whatever thing is uncomfortable and call that the cause. But if the mood is right, then physical discomfort doesn’t mean much.”
― Robert M. Pirsig,

“Of course, the laws of science contain no matter and have no energy either and therefore do not exist except in people’s minds. It’s best to be completely scientific about the whole thing and refuse to believe in either ghosts or the laws of science. That way you’re safe. That doesn’t leave you very much to believe in, but that’s scientific too.”
― Robert M. Pirsig

We must understand that when a society undermines intellectual freedom for its own purposes it is absolutely morally bad, but when it represses biological freedom for its own purposes it is absolutely morally good.
Pirsig, Robert

It’s not the “nice” guy who brings about real social change. “Nice” guys look nice because they’re conforming. It’s the “bad” guys, who only look nice a hundred years later, that are the real Dynamic force in social evolution.
Pirsig, Robert

When somebody goes outside the cultural norms, the culture has to protect itself.
Robert M. Pirsig

Morality is not a simple set of rules. It’s a very complex struggle of conflicting patterns of values. This conflict is the residue of evolution. As new patters evolve they come into conflict with old ones. Each stage of evolution creates in its wake a wash of problems.
Pirsig, Robert M.

“Your common sense is nothing more than the voices of thousands and thousands of these ghosts from the past.”*
―*Robert M. Pirsig,

“He felt that institutions such as schools, churches, governments and political organizations of every sort all tended to direct thought for ends other than truth, for the perpetuation of their own functions, and for the control of individuals in the service of these functions.”*
―*Robert M. Pirsig

“Oh, the laws of physics and of logic…the number system…the principle of algebraic substitution. These are ghosts. We just believe in them so thoroughly they seem real.”*
―*Robert M. Pirsig

*”And so in recent times we have seen a huge split develop between a classic culture and a romantic counterculture…two worlds growingly alienated and hateful toward each other with everyone wondering if it will always be this way, a house divided against itself. No one wants it really…despite what his antagonists in the other dimension might think.

“It is within this context that what Phædrus thought and said is significant. But no one was listening at that time and they only thought him eccentric at first, then undesirable, then slightly mad, and then genuinely insane. There seems little doubt that he was insane, but much of his writing at the time indicates that what was driving him insane was this hostile opinion of him. Unusual behavior tends to produce estrangement in others which tends to further the unusual behavior and thus the estrangement in self-stoking cycles until some sort of climax is reached. In Phædrus’ case there was a court-ordered police arrest and permanent removal from society.”
-robert m pirsig

”Insanity” May Be a Step in The Right Direction
The insanity is the adjustment. Insanity isn’t necessarily a step in the
wrong direction. It can be an intermediate step in a right direction. It
wasn’t necessarily a disease. It could be part of a cure.
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 (compare Khomeiny and his followers; you cannot state that
they are all insane in the true sense of the word! Even if you deeply
detest their views). 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.

”Nothing disturbs a bishop quite so much as the presence of a
saint in the parish.” The saint’s Dynamic understanding makes him
unpredictable and uncontrollable (compare the intrapreneur!), but the
bishop’s got a whole calendar of static ceremonies to attend to (compare*
the manager!). That saint’s going to up-end everything if he isn’t handled
diplomatically. And even then he may do something wildly
unpredictable that upsets everybody. It can take the bishops years,
decades, even centuries to put down the hell that a saint can raise in a
single day.
-robert m pirsig


Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.
Robert M. Pirsig

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