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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Eye Of The Storm

Fairfield, California, USA

October 12, 2005



I am indebted to Rhonda Ogle who inspired this conversation.



Photography by National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Hurricane Wilma
October 2005
Storms. Earthquakes. Disasters. Both geophysical in nature as well as human in nature.

There are those whose origins are constituted in inevitable it-ness and automaticity over which I have no mastery other than to let be as is. There are those whose origins are constituted in language over which I am the master.

My friend told me he could predict earthquakes. Actually he said he could do more than that. He said he could prevent  earthquakes. I asked him, incredulous, how in the world he could possibly prevent earthquakes?

He said "There won't be an earthquake because I say  there won't be an earthquake. And if I change my mind you'll know because you'll hear the rumble.".

* * *

Stunned by what I interpreted as the sheer effrontery  of what he had just said, and jaw-dropped flabbergasted that anyone would or even could  say such a thing, it took me a good few minutes to realize I had indeed heard what I couldn't believe he had just said and  that I had heard it right through me  in every atom of my being.

I got it.

It transformed my life ... just ... like ... that ...

* * *

I say: "There won't be a storm because I say there won't be a storm. And if I change my mind you'll know because you'll see roofs flying by.".

Nature and people both are capable of wreaking damage of unconscionable savagery and ferocity. I am not diminished. Coming from compassion I create space for all of it and for all of them.

This is mine. It's all mine. All mine.



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