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

And More




Essays - Sixteen Years Later:

It's All In The Mouth

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

August 17, 2019



"It's all in the mind."
... John Milton, Paradise Lost
"It's all in the mouth."
... Joseph "Joe" Kempin inspired by   speaking on page 306 of Bruce Hyde and Drew Kopp's Speaking Being: Werner Erhard, Martin Heidegger, and a New Possibility of Being Human 
This essay, Essays - Sixteen Years Later: It's All In The Mouth, is the sixteenth annual State Of The Union  celebration of Conversations For Transformation:
  1. Essays - One Year Later: Critical Mass
  2. Essays - Two Years Later: Glass Walled Studio
  3. Essays - Three Years Later: Internet Presence
  4. Essays - Four Years Later: Side By Side
  5. Essays - Five Years Later: Arm In Arm
  6. Essays - Six Years Later: A Very Good Year
  7. Essays - Seven Years Later: By My Self
  8. Essays - Eight Years Later: Riding The Open Range
  9. Essays - Nine Years Later: Recreation
  10. Essays - Ten Years Later: Decade
  11. Essays - Eleven Years Later: Unimaginable
  12. Essays - Twelve Years Later: A New Beginning
  13. Essays - Thirteen Years Later: A Certain Space
  14. Essays - Fourteen Years Later: Lenses Of Creativity
  15. Essays - Fifteen Years Later: Essence
  16. Essays - Sixteen Years Later: It's All In The Mouth
in that order.

I am indebted to Joseph "Joe" Kempin and to John Taylor who contributed material for this conversation.




In these sixteen years of writing Conversations For Transformation and publishing them bi-weekly and more, I've honed my writing skills. It's had that effect on me, particularly in this genre. And after sixteen years, there's one unavoidable take-away  I've gotten from this. It's a take-away that's not new. Rather it's a take-way that's reconfirmed, then re-experienced, and ultimately recontextualized  (I love  that word). It's this: no matter how much I write, the written word is not the domain of transformation. That's not an easy get, especially given the time I invest in this. The authentic domain of transformation is always and only the spoken word.

Transformation doesn't show up on paper. Transformation shows up in my mouth. It's true transformation on paper (ie these essays) is useful inasmuch as it points to the spoken word, and provides material for the spoken word. But the truth is you won't get transformation from reading. I'm sorry but it's not to be located in the self-help  section of the village bookstore or your local public library. In spite of reams and reams of our best efforts (including my own) it just doesn't work that way. You will however, get transformation from participating in Werner's programs in which there are lavish, exquisitely choreographed opportunities to experience bringing forth transformation as a liguistic act, as an act of speech ie as the spoken word.

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