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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Commitment For The World

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

July 9, 2019

"I am committed to your commitment."  ...   answering the question "What are you committed to?" 
This essay, Commitment For The World, is the sixth in a sextology on Commitment:

"What's your commitment for the world?".

This question came up recently in a conversation with a good friend of Werner's who also just happens to be a good friend of mine. It's one of those questions to which I know  I have an answer (or answers) and yet I've never actually asked it of myself, so I've never discovered my own answer(s) to it. And it's worth noting and confronting that you don't know something by knowing it. No, really you don't. No kidding. You really know something only when you can say, express, articulate, speak out loud that which you know, in a way that's getable - that is to say authentic knowing lives in language. That's what piqued my interest.

He didn't articulate it as the more colloquial "What's your commitment to  the world?". What he asked was "What's your commitment for  the world?". Language / words are absolutely critical to bringing forth transformation. Even without having (yet) discovered any answers for myself, it was abundantly clear to me that "What's your commitment for the world?" is an entirely different order of question than "What's your commitment to the world?". Try both on for size by asking each of them of yourself. Listen for where each of them comes from and where each of them lands. When "to" is replaced with "for", it's not the same question, not even remotely.

I began investigating "What's your commitment for the world?" for myself and my life, given that's the way he asked it (and on another occasion I may also investigate "What's your commitment to the world?" but not now). I discovered I have more than one answer - or it may just be only one answer in different guises.

Our religions, practices, traditions, rituals, and political persuasions are not who we really  are as human beings. We're destroying the planet and literally killing each other (and if we're not killing each other, then we're making life miserable for each other) over that which we aren't. My commitment for the world is we've had a massive, global breakthrough in transformation. We've realized how much this has cost us, that in this scenario no one won (not even the victors), to the contrary in this scenario we were all losers, and that "a world that works for everyone" isn't merely a nice thought: it's a compelling idea on which the very survival of the human race and Earth as a planet that's inhabitable for us, depends.

We've inherited identifying with our minds so much so that for all intents and purposes, we've become little more than a species of minds breeding ever more minds, and only minimumly questioning who we really  are in the matter of our own being. Consider this: any action taken by any human being (that's you and I and everyone) who doesn't distinguish whether the source of the action is our mind or our being, can only be inauthentic. We've become not merely a species of minds breeding ever more minds: we've become an inauthentic  species of minds breeding ever more minds. My commitment for the world is we've realized how much this has cost us. We've realized (finally) being this way never makes any difference ever, and we're committed to seizing the opportunity to be who we really are.

Listen: would you rather be who you really are, or would you rather be just another mind with just another agenda? (hint: this is not a trick question). You decide which works better for you and  for your life in the world and  more so, for the world itself at large. My commitment for the world is that the answer is a no-brainer.

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