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



Gamechanger

Monticello Road, Napa Valley, California, USA

May 7, 2014



"There's no there  there." ... Gertrude Stein referring to her razed childhood home in Oakland California (erroneously assumed to refer to Oakland itself)

"There's no there here." ... Russell Baker

"There's no then now." ... George Swan
This essay, Gamechanger, is the companion piece to Gamechanger II.

It was written at the same time as I am indebted to George Swan who contributed material for this conversation.




Recently I heard the work of transformation described as the "leading edge of Life". I'll buy that for a dollar. Later on in the same conversation, that description of the work of transformation had morphed  into the "leading edge of a  life" ie of your life, of my life. Even better: two  dollars. Then the conversation took an interesting turn, inquiring: is the leading edge of your life the front  edge of your life (ie the direction in which you're going) or the back  edge of your life (ie where you're coming from)?  OK, three  dollars.

In the closed group in which that conversation took place, descriptions and inquiries like these have validity. But outside of that group of people with their particular listening, do these descriptions and inquiries serve sharing  transformation ie do they facilitate making transformation available especially when introducing it for the first time? It could be said they don't because they preach to the choir. Outside of the closed group with its particular listening, they may simply overburden transformation by laying it vulnerable to misinterpreted significance, rendering it un-listenable.
Werner Erhard first presented transformation to a stunned world forty three years ago. Since then, much has become possible for sharing transformation which simply wasn't possible before in developing, expanding, and delivering Werner's work. That's got a lot more to do with the expansion of peoples' acceptance and receptive listening for transformation in the world than it has to do with other contributing factors which include the development of more adept methods and vehicles for delivering transformation powerfully and reliably.

I personally suspect that while its delivery methods have developed and advanced exponentially, and while since its inception transformation has been delivered from an ever expanding variety of platforms (trainings, symposia, satellite TV connections, forums, seminars, courses, cruises (yes cruises), even local and global conferences, a comprehensive library of scholarly papers etc ... the list goes on and on), the heart of the work of transformation has remained constant. And if that's true, I've wondered what this constant factor actually is. Indeed, is  there one factor common to all the iterative expressions of Werner's work we've seen in the last forty three years, or is it all simply an ongoing changing flux (the very source of which is also an ongoing changing flux) with no one particular factor common to them all ie with no one particular factor at the heart of it all?

On reflection it seems to me there may be. It seems, as I look at this closely, the pivotal issue ie the gamechanger  which inspires living life transformed and differentiates it from living life untransformed (in other words the distinction which is at the heart of the matter of what it is to be transformed or not, and which makes each and every further iteration of the work of transformation possible, viable, and open-ended) may be the realization there's nothing to get.

The closer I look at this, the more I'm willing to bet (four  dollars) that realizing there's nothing to get is  the gamechanger. Nothing can ever be experienced quite the same way again, once it becomes obvious this is it  exactly the way it is and exactly the way it isn't, and there's nothing to get. So it could be said that realizing there's nothing to get is the gamechanger at the heart of the matter of living life transformed or not.

"Oh, I get it" you say, "what there is to get is there's nothing to get.". No, that's not  it. When you say "What there is to get is there's nothing  to get", you're making "there's nothing to get" into something to get. You're making "there's nothing to get" into what there is to get. No, there's nothing to get. Really. Nothing.

What makes "there's nothing to get" the one factor common to all the iterations of Werner's work ie the one factor at the heart of all the iterations of Werner's work ie the gamechanger of Werner's work is it's the powerful platform on which there's an enormous freedom to create. There's nothing to get (what an enormous freedom that is!)  so create! Purely because of this platform, it's possible to create bigger and bigger and bigger possibilities. Purely because there's nothing to get, there's an invitation, an opportunity, a calling  to create bigger and bigger and bigger possibilities. Trainings, symposia, satellite TV connections, forums, seminars, courses, cruises, local and global conferences, a comprehensive library of scholarly papers etc are simply examples of what's possible - or (if you prefer) simply evidence  of what's possible.

Actually the real difference is felt even sooner than that. The real difference is felt in individual lives - in your life, in my life - once it's realized there's nothing to get in the struggle to find meaning and significance. Life is empty and meaningless. And it's empty and meaningless that it's empty and meaningless. Making it mean something that it's empty and meaningless is just more arrogance. There's nothing to get. But rather than that devolving into a kind of existential dead-end street, it becomes an enormous freedom to create when the futile struggle for meaning and significance is given up entirely.

The fully expressed gamechanger is "There's nothing to get, so (should you choose to do so) you're free to create anything". It's the gamechanger after which nothing is ever experienced in quite the same way again - or (if you prefer) it's the gamechanger after which the experience of everything  shifts. It's the gamechanger at the heart of your life. It's the gamechanger at the heart of my life. It's the gamechanger at the heart of each of the many developing, expanding iterations of Werner's work. It's the gamechanger at the heart of what it is to live life transformed or not.



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