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
Browns Valley, California, USA
October 29, 2005
In the day to day business of inquiring into what it is to be a human
being, don't you wonder why it takes us so long to come up with an
answer to that seemingly simplest of all questions "Who are you?". And
if we do come up with any answers at all they tend to be endearingly
and naïvely trite, like our names and what we do for a living.
We are, after all, human beings. That much is obvious. Yet when we
inquire into what being human is - I mean really is - it
may be (at least within the context of some belief systems) many
lifetimes before we come up with any worthwhile answers.
How perplexing is this situation! We live in the world and operate in
it supposedly with sophisticated levels of acquired skills and know
how, and yet we can't readily answer the question "Who are you?". We
can vanquish smallpox. We can get to the
We can create and use the
Yet we can't come to grips with the question "Who are you?". What
exactly is that? What is our lot that with everything we
got and with everything we've accomplished, we can't answer or find
answers to the question "Who are you?"? - I mean really.
Could it be with respect to who we really are, we are impostors all
carrying on the pretense of living authentically, faking it, getting
by, pretending no one sees we aren't who we pretend to be? With bravado
which comes only from the smirk of ignorance, we live the lie that it
doesn't matter, that no one can tell anyway, that it doesn't make any
Actually it's worse than that. It's that you literally have no choice in
the matter of living and being that way. It lives your
It fakes you. You have no choice but to pretend
you're someone you aren't.
Or do you?
If you require a way out of that dilemma, the way out is more ironic
than the dilemma itself. The way to reinstate authenticity when you
discover you're an impostor is to be an impostor. Choosing to be
an impostor when you're an impostor creates the
possibility of being authentic. It's pretending to be authentic when
you're an impostor that's
Since real impostors can't create distinctions, it's also worth noting
that creating the distinction
impostor is authentic. To repeat that
and completely, when you create the distinction impostor, who
you are is the distinguisher of impostor. Who you are is the
languager of the distinction impostor. As the languager of the
distinction impostor you aren't an impostor. The languager
of distinctions is authentic. That's who you are.