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




In Unison

Connolly Ranch, Browns Valley, California, USA

December 7, 2018



"When something is said in unison, two or more voices sound like one." ... vocabulary.com

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments." ... William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
This essay, In Unison, is the companion piece to each and every single essay in this Conversations For Transformation internet series of essays.

It is also the fourteenth in an ongoing collection with embedded Music Videos: It is also the sequel to Listen To The Children.

I am indebted to Cathy Elliott who contributed material for this conversation.




It's an intriguing idea, one which has been obvious to me as long as I can remember. Yet evidence proves it isn't obvious globally. And it isn't obvious globally, given a feature which is intrinsic to how each and every single one of us is constructed. Realizing the idea is obvious to me but not to the world at large, I broke through in my own ability to include the feature. Now I can include it in the way each of us are, without making anything wrong with the way we are. To be sure, we can choose to invent the possibility of being senior to it, and to see the folly of not doing so and to assess its awful cost interimly to the quality of each of our lives, and ultimately to the quality of life on Earth for everyone. To do so is our greatest challenge as a species. Taking that  on is worthwhile. We're not there yet. But we're getting there.

with The Platt Rascals - Don't Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
OK Laurence: what exactly  is it you're talking about, man? Two things:

The idea  I'm talking about, is the idea that all eight billion of us could speak in unison  for the quality of life on Earth for everyone. The feature  which ensures it isn't obvious globally, is a built-in mechanism each of us has, which favors us being more invested in the impact our words and actions have on the quality of our own individual lives, than we are in the impact they have on the quality of life on Earth for everyone. Can you even begin  to imagine what the quality of life on Earth could look like for everyone if all eight billion of us spoke in unison for it? No need to imagine what it would look like if we don't. Look around. This  is what it looks like.

Try this on for size, not like it's "the truth", but like it's a place to stand and look: the feature which is intrinsic to how each and every single one of us is constructed, is our mind. The purpose of the mind is to ensure that we the individual, and our words and actions, survive (yes it really is that simple: stop exaggerating it).

You could say transformation is the realization that you are not your mind (early days), or that transformation is a place to stand and deal with what's in front of you (latter day). The planet in front of you is of concern to everyone. So transformation therefore naturally and obviously includes being invested in the impact our words and actions have on the quality of life on Earth for everyone, over and beyond merely our own individual lives.

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[... being tightened up ...]



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