Ο Robert Maynard Pirsig (γεν. 6 Σεπτεμβρίου του 1928) συγγραφέας του Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (1974) -με το οποίο μεγάλωσε, αν όχι η γενιά μου, πάντως σίγουρα η παρέα μου- και του Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991).
Εχει πει (ή γράψει):
The most moral activity of all is the creation of space for life to move around.
One could almost define life as the organized disobedience of the law of gravity. One could show that the degree to which an organism disobeys this law is a measure of its degree of evolution.
The only difference between causation and the value is that the word "cause" implies absolute certainty whereas the implied meaning of "value" is one of preference. In classical science it was supposed that the world always works in terms of absolute certainty and that "cause" is the more appropriate word to describe it. But in modern quantum physics all that is changed. Particles "prefer" to do what they do. An individual particle is not absolutely committed to one predictable behavior. What appears to be an absolute cause is just a very consistent pattern of preferences.