If the first half of this year was characterised by Static Quality, then the second half will be characterised by its counterpart: Dynamic Quality. These are terms introduced in Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality through his two books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Lila. A the most macro level Static Quality represents order and Dynamic Quality represents chaos. Static Quality holds things where they are; you might say it’s the K side of the world. Dynamic Quality is about chaos and mutation; it’s the random part of nature that allows life to advance. Many experiments fall by the wayside but some of them succeed, and then Static Quality steps in to consolidate the gains.
The first half of this year had a very Static feel to it. I was running mostly low energy Daygame. I went with the flow. It was very anabolic. It shows in my stats as well; by taking the Dynamic element out of my Daygame my approach to lay ratio improved by 34%.
For the second half of this year I’d like to bring back the Dynamic Quality. It’s going to catabolic. It’s going to be tiring. It’s going to get my Daygame stamina back up to where it was. In practical terms that means doing more sets and lower probability sets as well, and more sessions too. Those lower probability sets are going to be where the mutation happens: a higher proportion of them are going to be blowouts, but there will be a few where I surprise myself and find that things go a lot better than I expected. You could say Dynamic Quality with regards to Daygame means being open to reference experiences.
This weekend is where that process began. I moved into my new flat. A new flat: that’s Dynamic Quality. I’ve been eating more and working out more too, that’s also Dynamic Quality. Making this shift in my Daygame feels like the right thing to do. I haven’t done any Daygame for three weeks either so It meant that when I got out onto the streets I was eager to do sets again. And I was more than willing to do those sets because I had my goal of reintroducing Dynamic Quality.
The result was 17 sets over two days, but only two numbers to show for it. One replied but then didn’t the next day. The other I closed today but she hasn’t responded to my feeler. I’m not bummed; for now I can point to needing to get back into the swing of things. I had too many coffees too. I think I became a bit too scary.
The last thing to mention is that I’ve been watching “Anthony’s” YouTube videos and I’ve been reading Jordan Belfort’s Way of the Wolf. It means I treated my sets this weekend with a more sales-y approach. I might be inadvertently acting too excitable. I’ll see if this continues and am going to be providing updates as the next six months progresses.
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