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


Times Square, Manhattan, New York, USA

April 23, 2002

"Imagine there's no heaven. It's easy if you try." ... John Lennon, Imagine 
This essay, Imagine, is the companion piece to
  1. A Galaxy Far, Far Away Revisited
  2. A Future Worth Living Into
in that order.

It is the also first in an open group with titles borrowed from Songs: I am indebted to John Lennon and to Yoko Ono who inspired this conversation.

In Times Square in Manhattan (where I am now) and in Piccadilly Circus in London (where I was two weeks ago), the highest visible expression in both places is a huge, white billboard with plain black lettering, saying simply:

imagine all the people
living life in peace

These billboards were commissioned and placed in the major cities of the world by Yoko Ono, a graduate* of Werner's work, as the legacy of her husband, John Lennon. John Lennon imagined something truly remarkable.

We're bringing forth living life in peace as a reality by giving ourselves to the conversation which generates it. When I step out and take a stand for the not now possible  becoming possible, there's an opening for people to move beyond mere imagination, and to cause extraordinary realities.

What creates the possibility of all the people living life in peace is inventing a future worth living into.

*   Yoko Ono was enthusiastic for John Lennon to experience Werner's work. "Werner" says Yoko "has a good gig.". At first John resisted, asking her "Why would I want to do the no pee  training when I've got you?".

Later he reconsidered and was enrolled but was assassinated before he could register.

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