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 other 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 seemed obvious to me for as long as I can remember. Yet evidence proves it isn't obvious globally. And it isn't obvious globally, given an intrinsic feature of the way each and every one of us are constructed. Realizing the idea is obvious to me but not to the world at large, I had a breakthrough in my own ability to include this feature. Now I can include it in the way each of us are, without making anything wrong with the way we are. Actually we can choose to invent the possibility of being senior to it, and to see our folly in not doing so and to assess its awful cost interimly to the people in our lives, and ultimately to the quality of life on Earth for everyone. To do so is our greatest challenge as the human race. 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)
Man, Laurence: what exactly  is it you're talking about / going on about? Well, there are two things:

The idea  I'm talking about, is the possibility of all eight billion of us speaking 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 skews us towards being more invested in the impact our words and actions have on the quality of our own 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 didn't. Look around. This is what that 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 intrinsic to how each and every one of us is constructed, is our mind. The purpose of the mind is to ensure we the individual and our words and actions survive - period (yes it really is that simple: stop lying about it and 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.

I'm not claiming this as my original idea - far from it. It, or something like it, has been around in one form or another throughout history. What I do claim as original is questioning why some people get it, while others don't. Are they blessed? Is it grace?  Is it in the genes?  Now I'm pleased to announce I finally figured it out. It's not a matter of being blessed or graced. It's not what's in the genetic make-up. It's that some people get it, and others don't. That's it, and that's all. It's just simple Zen.

While the idea of all eight billion of us speaking in unison for the quality of life on Earth for everyone, has been around in one form or another throughout history, transformation (that is to say the actionable access  to transformation) is new to the world stage. Speaking in unison with transformed voices, anything's possible now.



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