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
Fahrenheit In A Celsius World
Chicago, Illinois, USA
August 8, 2004
Fahrenheit In A Celsius World,
is the companion piece to
I grew up in a Fahrenheit world. I think inside the paradigm of a
Fahrenheit world. I don't think inside the paradigm of a Celsius world.
In a Fahrenheit world, 32° is freezing; 40° is uncomfortably
cold; 100° is a very, very hot day. In a Celsius world, 32° is
comfortably warm; 40° is a very, very hot day; a 100° day would
be a killer - literally.
Getting temperature in Celsius is strange to me - odd, offputting, and
unfamiliar. I have it that compared to a Celsius world, a Fahrenheit
world is normal, right, and clearer. Recently I started to
notice how that renders my communication with a Celsius world
ineffective. I think in a Fahrenheit world speaking Fahrenheit world
notions in Fahrenheit into a Celsius world where people think and speak
Reality is it's cold, comfortable, or hot regardless of what scale is
used to measure temperature. It's not that I can't translate from one
scale to the other. I can. I learned how to do that in high school.
It's simply that I'm thrown not to. I'm thrown to stay
with the scale with which I'm most familiar.
Consider a Fahrenheit world as a world of
Consider a Celsius world as all other worlds. It requires a stretch to
effectively with worlds in which
isn't already present. It's also human to not know how to stretch this
Making it your personal business to take on communicating with a
Celsius world from a Fahrenheit world may not be familiar territory nor
easy nor comfortable. Yet stretching to take this on is a requirement
if you intend to speak
which enrolls and empowers your listeners.