— Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten
Quelle: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 29
Kontext: Lightning hits!
Quality! Virtue! Dharma! That is what the Sophists were teaching! Not ethical relativism. Not pristine "virtue." But aretê. Excellence. Dharma! Before the Church of Reason. Before substance. Before form. Before mind and matter. Before dialectic itself. Quality had been absolute. Those first teachers of the Western world were teaching Quality, and the medium they had chosen was that of rhetoric.