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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High Class Zen

Naples, Florida, USA

December 25, 2003



This essay, High Class Zen is the third in a group of sixteen on Nothing:

One day I turned around, and there it was: nothing.

Just like that.

Not nothing like another something. And neither not nothing like not another something.

Nothing. Not no thing. Just plain ... nothing ...

That, I noticed, is where I stand: in nothing. I'm not saying that like a vote, nor like a position, and nor like a preference or (even worse) like a belief. I am saying that I looked ... and without voting, without taking a position, without a preference, and without believing it, I observed that actually where I stand is in nothing.

That is who I really am. That is the source of my life.

Standing in nothing, I can create. Standing in nothing, I can really invent. If I stand anywhere else, all I seem to do is change or rearrange things.

The trouble with nothing is that once it becomes a concept, it's no longer nothing, and when it's no longer nothing, then it's not useful for anything.

True nothing, however, is a riveting experience against which all distinctions can be examined, against which all discriminations can be evaluated, against which all choices can be weighed, against which all actions can be authenticated, and against which all consequences can be pre-considered.

And it's not inaccessible either. On that day when I turned around and saw it, it was very, very close to me, literally behind my thoughts. I turned around and looked at what was behind my thoughts, and there it was: nothing ... and it knocked me on my ass.



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