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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Rutherford Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

February 29, 2012

"It's halftime in America. And our second half is about to begin." ... Clint Eastwood, Chrysler commercial, Superbowl 2012 halftime

Sometime around now (it may actually have been before, during, or after writing this Halftime writing this seven hundredth essay in the Conversations For Transformation internet series, but nonetheless sometime around NOW), it's halftime in my life - I'll be sixty two this year.

I'm looking forward to the second half when halftime ends, to be sure, when the game will continue. But what I'm really looking forward to when halftime ends is the game going into over‑time, then into extra  time, then being rescheduled as a rematch  ... which also  goes into overtime, then into extra time ... which then ends the same way  ... ad infinitum. In other words, if I have it my way it will never end. My epitaph could say "What!? This  wasn't supposed to happen!? ...".

Actually, it will  never end. But it will surely exceed my time here. So I wonder how long my spoken words will endure? How long will the difference they've made, endure? How long will transformation spoken like a possibility  endure?

I really don't know. That's my answer. I really don't know how long they'll endure. Honest! But here's the thing: even though I don't know how long my spoken words will endure, even though I don't know how long the difference they've made will endure, even though I don't know how long transformation spoken like a possibility will endure, I speak that they last forever.

Who I'm being, who I am as language, who I am as my word is they last forever. I am that they last well into the second half after halftime, that they last through overtime, that they last through extra time, that they last through all the scheduled rematches. And here's what I want you to get about their enduring: their enduring is a function of a way of being. Although enduring is associated with a calendar or a clock measurement, although enduring is associated with how long something lasts, that's not it. Or at best, that's temporal. It's not a powerful yardstick for determining enduring speaking. Enduring speaking is a function of a way of being.
Werner Erhard's speaking is enduring. I don't have to wait another sixty two years before I vote on whether his speaking is enduring. It's in the moment of listening and recreating his speaking when I experience his enduring. It's his way of being  in speaking which is enduring. It's his way of being which gives his speaking enduring. To wait and see if it lasts another sixty two years before getting it, is just the same old same old  way of hearing without recreating, just business as usual. Waiting and seeing whether it will last or not only procrastinates recreating its enduring value now.

It's halftime in this great game we're playing. It's halftime in this grand arena  in which we're playing. I'm eager for the second half to begin to see how this game turns out. But watch: this game has already  turned out. This game was already won even before it started. It wasn't already won because the other guys will lose. It's already won simply because we're playing. This is a game that works for everyone with no one and nothing left out.

That's what's coming next after halftime. Stay tuned. Don't touch that dial.

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