Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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24 / 7 / 365

Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga, California, USA

January 14, 2008

This essay, 24 / 7 / 365, is the companion piece to Full Tilt.

I assert we live life as if we have to stop, as if we better not go too far. In terms of our Self-expression, in terms of expressing love for the people in our lives, in terms of sharing ourselves in the world, we drive with both feet at the same time: one foot's on the gas and simultaneously one foot's on the brake.

There's work, and then there's life. Life only begins when work ends at the end of the day or when vacation starts. That's how it is. Everyone knows that. It's hardly examined further.

Everyone also knows we have to stop. So we take breaks. We take breaks from conversations. We take breaks from commitments. We take breaks from promises. We take breaks from relationships. We take breaks from intimacy. We take breaks from Self expression. And if we tell the truth unflinchingly  about it, from time to time we even take breaks from honesty  and from integrity.

There's not much agreement being alive comprising work, conversations, commitments, promises, relationships, intimacy, Self expression, honesty, and integrity should or even could  continue twenty four hours a day seven days a week three hundred and sixty five days a year ie 24 / 7 / 365. Of course it can't!  Everyone knows that.

In spite of what's known to the contrary, I'd like to invent the possibility of being fully alive 24 / 7 / 365.

In order to recondition the listening  for what I've just said, what I'm not saying is "don't take breaks". What I'm not saying is "don't take vacations". What I want to do in this conversation is violate the belief  that breaks are essential, that some kind of time out  from life is required, that's it's simply impossible to live full tilt, flat out all the time 24 / 7 / 365. This conversation isn't about whether or not to take breaks and vacations. This conversation is about being fully alive as a possibility 24 / 7 / 365. The access to this possibility is giving up the handed down inherited belief it isn't.

What stops us living full tilt, flat out all the time 24 / 7 / 365 I assert is simply we know  ("everybody knows ...") it can't be done, so we don't. This isn't a useful piece of information to convey by debate and argument. Rather, it's something to try on for size. If you look, for example, you'll see how far you're willing to go in expressing yourSelf. The question I'm asking is this: do you stop there because it's not possible  to go any further? because there's some kind of restricting barrier, some kind of finite limit?  or because you believe  you can't go any further, that you shouldn't  go any further?

I'm suggesting we can cruise all the way, any day, full tilt, flat out all the time. I'm suggesting 24 / 7 / 365 is a possibility.

There's a world of difference between believing  life doesn't work without time outs, therefore taking time outs out of a perceived requirement  ... and choosing  to take time outs, therefore taking time outs or not  simply because we choose to take time outs but not because we have to.

To some, that's a daunting, exhausting prospect. I ask those to consider the possibility that having it be daunting and exhausting is to live in denial of who you really are.

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