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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Conversations With A Friend IX

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"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ... Thomas Stearns "TS" Eliot, Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby, circa 1931

This essay, Conversations With A Friend IX (working title), is the ninth in an open group Conversations With A Friend:
  1. Privilege At Daybreak In The Battle Between Good And Evil
  2. Future Perfect
  3. This Is What It Means To Be!
  4. Empty Cup
  5. Conversation With A Friend: A Symphony Of Notes
  6. The Sound Of Your Voice
  7. Conversations With A Friend VII
  8. Space For Redemption: When "I'm Sorry!" Isn't Enough
  9. Conversations With A Friend IX (working title)
in that order.




Foreword:

Unlike most of the other essays in this Conversations For Transformation internet series of essays, the body of this essay, Conversations With A Friend IX (working title), embeds no links to other videos, photographs, quotes, papers, music, music videos, other websites, or even to other essays.

My intention in omitting these useful links from this particular essay is to clear the space of all but the absolute minimum required material so you can be with it and give it your full attention with no distractions, allowing you to recreate the exchanges portrayed in it as accurately as possible for yourself. It's in recreating the exchanges portrayed in this essay accurately for yourself, that you'll get to own its experience in its entirety.



This is a privilege. No kidding. Look: "privilege" is the only word that comes even close to fitting this opportunity (it's a world-to-word  fit). Waiting for the phone to ring, I'm in a space of ecstasy, of profound joy, of completion, of satisfaction, of anticipation of being with my best friend. Oh, and I'm well prepared.

Photography by Laurence Platt

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

8:53:01am Saturday October 13, 2018
I bought a brand new 4G  phone specially for this occasion, a phone which has better quality voice, and more reliable connectivity than my old 3G phone. Napa Valley is famous for its "dead" spots for older 3G phones, and equally famous for spots with working connectivity, suddenly going dead, then alive again. Not on this  call they don't! I'm as ready as I can be. I have pages and pages  of carefully compiled notes which I began accumulating six weeks ago when we scheduled this. I've transcribed them to sheets of white A4  paper which I've taped to my table, spread out, well organized. Standing up as I speak, I'll be able to get around them easily.

Preparing this way is a lesson I've learned well. Once a few years ago, we had dinner together, and I ran out of things to create / generate / say. Literally. You picked up on it immediately, and were generously accepting. But for myself, I won't make that mistake again, ever. These opportunities are simply too precious to mess with.

What we speak about, will be what we speak about. Obviously. So my prepared notes comprise a vault of possibility (if you will) from which to draw when we get to the end of any one topic we generate spontaneously, and there's an opening to create the next one. For that, my prepared list is extensive and comprehensive. That said, we won't get to most items on it, even in the generous timeframe you've allocated for our call. Better be too  prepared, than not prepared enough, is what I say.

Whatever essays I write next (I mean at least for the next year or more) will come from this space. It's our relationship in whatever we speak about, which fuels my writing. It's our relationship in whatever I write about, which fuels these essays. I know what I'm doing. Yet I no longer ask why or how. Listen: I used to ask those questions, but I don't anymore (I never got workable answers for them anyway). What's patently obvious however, is this is what Life has given me, and I've taken it on wholeheartedly. This is what I was born to do. I do it well. Forty years plus later, fifteen of them writing these essays, there's ample evidence of that.

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[... being continued ...]



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