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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Enough To Last Forever

Muir Beach, California, USA

May 27, 2011



This essay, Enough To Last Forever, was conceived at the same time as Intending What's Called For.



This is IT!

"It doesn't get any better than this!" I say, sitting here under the plastic chandelier  (as Werner Erhard may have said) of our everyday, simple, extraordinarily ordinary  world.

Be careful how you hear it. Be careful where you hear the emphasis. "It doesn't get any better than this!" isn't a complaint bewailing an unsatisfactory quality of Life. I'm not emphasizing it that way - just the opposite in fact. "It doesn't get any better than this!" is an acknowledgement of the sublime quality of the "this"  in the phrase "This is IT!".

It's this acknowledgement of a sublime quality of Life at every moment under all circumstances which comes with the onset of transformation and which is embodied in the esprit de corps  of all people everywhere who experience transformation for themselves - which is to say of all people everywhere courageous enough to generate  transformation for themselves.

In addition to "It doesn't get any better  than this!" as an acknowledgement of a sublime quality of Life at every moment under all circumstances which comes with the onset of transformation, I'll also ante up  with "It doesn't get any easier  than this!".

Again, be careful how you hear it. Be careful where you hear the emphasis. "It doesn't get any easier than this!" isn't a complaint bewailing how hard  Life is. I'm not emphasizing it that way - just the opposite in fact. "It doesn't get any easier than this!" is an acknowledgement of the already workability of the "this" in the phrase "This is IT!".

Together these two givens  "It doesn't get any better than this!" and "It doesn't get any easier than this!" provide a launch platform  from which to live Life powerfully. Living Life powerfully doesn't make Life better. The launch platform "It doesn't get any better than this!" says it's already as good as it gets. Living Life powerfully doesn't make Life easier. The launch platform "It doesn't get any easier than this!" says it's already as easy as it gets. Living Life powerfully in order to  have a better life or in order to have an easier life, is a conflict in terms. It's unclear on the concept. There's only one authentic reason to live Life powerfully ... and that's to live Life powerfully.

What about the fuel  (so to speak) which powers  living Life powerfully? Is there enough? Some days everything works powerfully  without any effort on my part. Fuel seems plentiful. Other days it seems my tank is empty - I have it  that fuel isn't plentiful. Things don't work so well, and those which may work don't work powerfully. I notice it's the days when everything works powerfully, which seduce me. I want more of them. It's more than that actually. It's I can't get enough  of them. I prefer them. I want fewer of the days when things don't work powerfully. I want fewer of the days when fuel isn't plentiful.

In an epiphany, I see this preference is a trap. It's a trap because it goeswith  (as Alan Watts may have said) a sense that Life's workability, which is the fuel for living Life powerfully, is somehow scarce. It's a sense the fuel for living Life powerfully is somehow in short supply.

But it's really not. It's not scarce. It's not in short supply. There's enough of it to draw on - all the time, any day. Life's workability is available, prolific, generous, and abundant. It doesn't have to be rationed, hoarded, or used sparingly. Use it boldly. Use it lavishly. Use it wholeheartedly and unreservedly. There's ample to go around - for everyone on all occasions with all projects in all situations at every moment under all circumstances. It can never be depleted, exhausted, or used up. There's enough today. There'll be enough tomorrow. There's enough to last forever.



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