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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Can You Just Look?

Andretti Winery, Oak Knoll Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

October 9, 2011



Can you just look?

Can you just look  at a tree and not  see just  ... another  ... tree  ..., can you just look at a tree and not see there are really so many trees there's nothing remarkable about just one tree, can you just look at a tree and not want to look around  it, can you just look at a tree and not want to move it so you can see what's behind it, can you just look at a tree and not wonder who's going to rake its leaves and / or its needles come fall or pay the tree company to cut out its mistletoe, can you just look at a tree ... and ... just ... see ...

A TREE!


Can you just look?

Can you just look  at a beach and not  see tides coming and going because of the phases of the moon waxing and waning as it orbits Earth, can you just look at a beach and not see sand on the shore because of water's grinding action on shells and rocks and coral, can you just look at a beach and not see waves rising and breaking because of yesterday's storm somewhere near Japan pushing currents toward and over the shallowing shelved ocean floor, can you just look at a beach ... and ... just ... see ...

A BEACH!


Can you just look?

Can you just look  at a sunset and not  see light refracting through mist and cloud molecules according to prismatic and spectral laws, can you just look at a sunset and not see just another sunset, just another interlude between day and night hardly worth noting, hardly worth commenting on, can you just look at a sunset and not ask is it the sun going down? or is it the Earth going up? and how do planets orbit around the sun anyway? and it is centri-fugal  force or is it centri-petal  force which stops them flying out of orbit?, can you just look at a sunset ... and ... just ... see ...

A SUNSET!


Can you just look?

Can you just look  at a person and not  see their hair is out of place or they're overweight or need teeth whitening, can you just look at a person and not see the clothes they're wearing aren't what you would ever  wear because their colors don't complement their aura  and their style is so yesterday, can you just look at a person and not see they're unattractive or attractive or plain or good looking, can you just look at a person and not judge who they are or their upbringing or their intelligence because of their accent or the way their voice sounds, can you just look at a person ... and ... just ... see ...

A HUMAN BEING!


Can you just look?  Can you get everything out of the way, can you get yourself  out of the way, can you put everything aside, and just look?



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