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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Force, Power, And Three Distinctions Of Me

Napa, California, USA

June 11, 2007



You can't take from me what's me. You can't make me what's not me. Me isn't take-able nor make-able, no matter how much you may want to. That's not because I'm particularly good at defending me, or good at resisting you taking me from me, or good at resisting you making me not me. It's simply because me isn't take-able nor make-able. Me is share-able. Me is give-able. But me isn't take-able nor make-able.

That's me. Who I am to myself. Share-able. Give-able. But not take-able nor make-able.

You may take from me what's not  me. Unlike me which isn't take-able, you may take from me what's not me. I may resist you taking from me what's not me, even though I'd know it's not me you're taking. When you try to take from me what's not me by force, I say you don't really want what's not me. When you try to take from me what's not me by force, I assert you're wanting from me what's me, and you're wanting for you  what's not you. When you try to take from me what's not me by force, what you really want from me is me, not what's not me.

That's not  me. Everything in my life which isn't me. Not me is  take-able.

There's a third  component to Werner Erhard's me and not me distinction: not  not me. Me  is who I am to myself. Not  me is everything in my life which isn't me. Not  not me is that which isn't me and that which isn't not  me.

Not  not me is the context  for me and for everything in my life which isn't me. Not  not me is the realm of the source of power.

When you try to take from me what's not me, that's the realm of force. What's force? When you yell to get what you want, when you argue or debate your point of view to convince or to sound convincing or threatening, when you speak strongly from want, need, or entitlement, that's force.

Where, in the face of force to take from me what's not me, do I maintain equilibrium with me?

Not  not me is the context for who I am. When I stand in the context for who I am, when I come from  that context (not from me nor from not me), when I speak from that context, when I true my integrity with that context only, forgoing everything else, not even being distracted by or maneuvered into meeting the attack or the threat or the theft or the force, that's power.



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