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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It's Who You're Being

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

March 11, 2020



This essay, It's Who You're Being, is the prequel to When The Whole World Speaks With One Voice.

I am indebted to Anna Taglieri who inspired this conversation.




I know how things are going to turn out. Really I do. Honest! No, I'm not a seer. Nor am I psychic. I have no special extra-sensory powers of perception. I'm just like you. I have exactly the same Grade-A  common or garden variety of ordinary abilities as the ones you and everyone else has. I look. And when I look, I notice things always turn out the way they turn out. Exactly this way. No other way. They've been turning out this way for millennia. They'll be turning out this way for another few more millennia to come. That's how I know how things are going to turn out: I look and I see they always turn out the way they turn out. You can quote me on that.

Let's make a distinction here - this one: interimly it seems as if I have some vote in the way things turn out. Interimly it seems as if I can intervene. And yet no matter what I think or opine or feel about it, it all still turns out the way it turns out anyway. No matter what I do about it (ie no matter what I try  to do about it), no matter what my thoughts are, no matter what my opinion is about the way it turns out, no matter what I feel about it, and certainly no matter whether I like  the way it turns out or not, it just keeps turning out the way it turns out regardless of my thoughts and my opinion about it and my feelings, and it just doesn't care  if I like it or not.

And  ... yet  ... we all know of people who have caused wide-spread, high-impact outcomes in life which are different than (ie which are discontiguous  with) what was going to happen anyway, mavericks  who have altered the course of destiny, heroes  who have stood for that which was never going to be possible, and yet brought it forth as our day-to-day reality anyway, leaders  who stood for something bigger than themselves and had it happen in the face of no possibility  it could ever happen.

Wait! If things turn out the way they turn out anyway regardless of what we think or opine or feel about it, how do they do that?  If things turn out the way they turn out anyway regardless, how do these people alter the inexorable march of destiny? Indeed, is it possible to alter the way things turn out at all?  And if so (and this is a big IF  right here), wherein lies the power to alter the course of that which is going to turn out the way it turns out anyway? Here's a BIG  hint: it's not in what you think, it's not in your opinions, it's not in your feelings, and it's certainly not in whether or not you like it going the way it's going. So wherein is it? What's its access?

It's in who ... you're ... being  (no, it's not in what  you're being: that's already fait accompli  - it's in who  you're being). While you have very little if no choice in the way it turns out, you have a lot if not total choice in who you be  in the face of it turning out. When we tell the truth about it, we human beings have never had much of a vote in the way it turns out. Yet we have near total power to be who we're being. And ironically, people who are powerful in who they're being in the face of what turns out, also seem to be the ones who have an almost other-worldly ability to live well with things turning out, whichever way they turn out, regardless of whatever turns out, and to make a difference with whatever turns out (and by the way, that's a great idea for the embossed inscription on a business card for Werner's work).

What is it then, to exert power in who you're being? Or better said: wherein  lies the power to exert power in who you're being? Two words: speaking, and language. While you really don't have much power over the way it turns out, and while you have little power (when you tell the truth about it) over your thoughts and over your feelings, you have nearly total power  over what comes out of your mouth ie over your speaking, over your language. Being responsible for your speaking ie being responsible for your full on  deployment of language, is what it takes to have power in who you're being. It's never in what you think. It's not in your opinions about anything. It's never in what you feel about anything. It isn't even whether you like it or if you vote for it or against it. It's who you're being  in the face of it. Really.



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