STATIC PATTERNS OF VALUE

Static quality is also known as static patterns of value. The power of human intellect is in our ability to distinguish patterns and then manipulate these patterns independently of what they represent.


A moral HEIRACHy

INORGANIC QUALITY
~13.8 Billion years ago

Rather than an innocuous series of cause and effects material matter begins it’s existence in pursuit of an undefined improvement. Arising, like all things, from Dynamic Quality - morality as a fundamental building block of the universe means that even particles exist and behave in the ways that they do because it’s moral for them to do so. So rather than A causing B if we say B values A - no data changes - but our description is more in line with experience and paradoxes which previously existed - disappear.

biological QUALITY
~4 Billion years ago

Biological Quality emerged 4 billion years ago as a result of the bonding freedom found by subatomic forces with the Carbon atom from the superatomic forces which would like to destroy it. Like all levels biological quality has evolved over the years from preservation of the limited freedom from the inorganic laws to quality of its own such as conversion of inorganic chemicals to energy and reproduction as the highest biological quality of them all.

SOCIAL QUALITY
~50 Million years ago

Around fifty million years ago when the higher primates first emerged - social quality came with them. To alleviate the biologically devastating selfishness of biological quality - social quality such as caring for others emerged in response. Like the levels below - social quality has gone on to purposes of its own such as the highest social quality of them all - celebrity

intellectual QUALITY
~2500 years ago

Starting with the Greeks - the intellectual quality of subjectively manipulating things independent of what they represent emerged. Our culture is still working out how intellectual quality will help and what problems of society it will solve.

Because of these levels there isn’t one code of Morality - Society vs Biology - there’s five.

CODEs of morality

Rather than just the single Society vs Biology code of morality we are used to - there are in fact five. While each new level of morality has evolved out of the level which preceeded it - from its creation it is also in conflict with that level creating a new code of Morality with it. Life and the experience which creates it can be described as the moral struggle between each of these levels. All else being equal, given a choice between two things, the Metaphysics of Quality would say that it is moral to choose that which is more evoled.

Law of Physics

There is the inorganic quality vs chaos code of morality called the Laws of Physics.


Law of the jungle


There is the biological quality vs inorganic quality code of morality called the Law of the Jungle.


the law

There is the social quality vs biological quality code of morality called the Law.


Intellectual Morality


There is the intellectual quality vs social quality code of morality which since the beginning of last century, intellect has been struggling to control society.


Code of Art

Finally there is the Code of Morality called the code of art in which undefined Dynamic Quality is better than that which is defined, old and static.

The Metaphysics of Quality is, in many ways, beautifully more coherent than Subject-Object Metaphysics.

beautifully more coherent

THe NON EXISTENCE OF MORALITY

With morality now at the centre of all experience and not an afterthought the existence of morality is no longer a questionmark and something questioned by Philosophy 101 students - instead its existence is self evident. It’s not something whose existence isn’t metaphysically sound but instead morality is experience itself.

IDEALISM VS MATERIALISM

Is everything an idea or is everything an object?

The Metaphysics of Quality makes it beautifully clear that while the idea that physical things existed before subjective man came along with his ideas - this is still just an idea whose quality can be determined like everything else.  What is actually fundamental isn't objects or the ideas which we have about them but Quality which gives rise to both of them.

QUANTUM THEORY PARADOXES

Fundamental to the confusion of scientists about Quantum theory not making any experiential sense is the assumption that physical things exist before we experience them. Quantum theory, in line with the Metaphysics of Quality, shows that it's important to remember that this is an assumption. It is a good assumption to have but an assumption nonetheless. What’s fundamental isn’t objects or the assumptions we have about their existence but the quality which creates all these things to begin with.

scientific reality exclusivity

With the Metaphysics of Quality, reality is no longer something only a handful of the worlds best scientists can understand but something understood by all things and people everywhere. From a firstborn infant to the worlds smartest scientists. Quality isn't something one thinks about intellectually. It's something everyone experiences. It is experience itself.

PURPOSELESSNESS OF LIFE

With the Metaphysics of Quality the purpose of life becomes quality itself. It is not something which is Metaphysically in doubt.

The purpose of life is to live the best life possible.

freewill vs determinism

Are our actions pre-determined or not? A scientific outlook would seem to suggest they are if everything is but a chain of cause and effects. With the Metaphysics of Quality we can say that as per static quality our actions are determined - But if we're alive we're able to respond to Dynamic Quality and in terms of it - we are completely free.

However, rather than the conflict between the two we are used to, Eastern Philosophy has found a way to combine both the Dynamic and static into one harmonious whole through the perfection of static patterns. By perfecting patterns they can be put to sleep and no longer bother. The simplest of all patterns one can do for extended periods is sitting.

With our current Metaphysics inability to recognise quality; the last Century has been one of vast technological improvement yet of moral movements gone bankrupt. The Metaphysics Of Quality Provides us with a new language to talk about these moral movements and place them in a metaphysically sound context.

clarity created

1900s

SOCIAL VALUES DOMINATE

1910s

SOCIAL VALUES DOMINATE

1920s

INTELLECTUAL VALUES DOMINATE

1930s

INTELLECTUAL VALUES DOMINATE

1940s

INTELLECTUAL VALUES DOMINATE

1950s

INTELLECTUAL VALUES DOMINATE

1960s

INTELLECTUAL VALUES DOMINATE.
DYNAMIC & BIOLOGICAL VALUES ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THEM

1970s

DYNAMIC & BIOLOGICAL VALUES DOMINATE TILL DECADE END.

1980s

SOCIAL VALUES DOMINATE.

1990s

SOCIAL VALUES DOMINATE WITH CHALLENGE FROM INTELLECTUAL VALUES.

2000s On
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The Metaphysics of Quality was first expounded by Robert Pirsig in a book called Lila. It can be purchased here.
Rather than start with Subjects or Objects, The Metaphysics of Quality starts with experience first.
Where do things come from - where does anything come from?
DYNAMIC QUALITY THE UNKNOWN DYNAMIC QUALITY IS THE UNDEFINED SOURCE OF ALL THINGS ALWAYS UNEXPECTED AND COMPLETELY NEW STATIC QUALITY STATIC PATTERNS OF VALUE Static Quality is always old, complex and predictable SUBJECTIVE PATTERNS OF VALUE EVERYTHING NON-PHYSICAL STATIC QUALITY STATIC PATTERNS OF VALUE Static Quality is always old, complex and predictable OBJECTIVE PATTERNS OF VALUE EVERYTHING PHYSICAL INTELLECTUAL QUALITY ~2500 YEARS AGO Manipulation of symbols independent of what the symbols represent SOCIAL QUALITY ~50 MILLION YEARS AGO Co-operation exhibited by the higher primates BIOLOGICAL QUALITY ~4 BILLION YEARS AGO All physical things which contain DNA INORGANIC QUALITY ~13.8 BILLION YEARS AGO All physical things which do not contain DNA