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

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Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Born Into It II

Napa Valley, California, USA

September 22, 2022

"You don't ask 'Why me?'  when it's raining." ...   speaking with Laurence Platt in Encounters With A Friend #30 (You Don't Ask "Why Me?" When It's Raining II) 
"You don't think it. It thinks you." ... 
"We didn't start the fire, it was always burning since the world's been turning." ... Billy Joel
This essay, Born Into It II, is the companion piece to It Thinks You.




When I look at where we came from and how we got here (as I'm wont to do from time to time) indeed when I look at what we're doing in the world (not "what we're doing in the world" in the "What are we up to here?" sense but "what we're doing in the world" in the perplexed "What are we doing  here?" sense), it seems obvious to me that we were born into it. How so? So: we were born, yes? We're here, yes? So QED  (Quad Erat Demonstrandum): we were born into the world. Yes?

Well ... no, not quite. Upon further reflection there may not be a great deal of validity or even any accuracy in saying "We were born into the  world". To wit, "We were born into a  world" is more like it (it's actually a more transformed  distinction to refer to being born into "a world" rather than being born into "the world"). And even true-er than "We were born into a world" is "We were born into many  worlds" (plural). Really! It depends on how you define a "world". It may require giving up your beliefs about what you consider the "world" to be. For the time being at least, saying "We were born into it ie we were born into the world" is good enough for jazz.

Now wait. While it may be obvious to say we were born into the world, what's not so obvious is that being born into it, we were also born into its already conflicts, its already thinking, its already ways of being, it's already issues. You know, what we consider to be our personal  conflicts in family, relationship, culture and country? our personal thinking and thoughts? our personal ways of being? our personal issues? Maybe none of that is personal after all. Maybe we were born into all of that too!  It was all already going on before you and I got here. Yes we consider  our conflicts, our thinking, our ways of being, our issues etc to be personal ie as if we have something to do with them, whereas in fact it's not personal at all.

And yet we make it personal. Oh boy! do we ever make it personal ... we make it all about us. But listen: it's not about us. It's not personal. It's we were born into it.

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It's not about us, it's not personal, we were born into it ... and  ... we can choose to be responsible for it all.

All of the above.

That's a subject for another conversation on another occasion.

<un-aside>

I was driving, somewhere, in a car with Werner when he offered this flabbergastingly bang-on-the-money  life-altering coaching nugget: "You don't ask 'Why me?'  when it's raining" he said suddenly, gazing out of the passenger right-side front window. When it sunk in, it rocked me to the core. It's true: we don't, I mused. And if we do, who's the fool but you and I for asking "Why me?"  when it's raining? And how much more so would it then be for everything else that goes on in our lives?



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