Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Never Not This

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

March 26, 2013



"We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of Life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, here and now  without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point blank."
 ... Jose Ortega y Gasset read by  


It's never not this. Ever.

There's no place to be other than here. There's no time to be other than now. Even when I was in the past (if you'll allow me to say it that way), it was now  then also. And when I'll be in the future (if you'll allow me to say it that way), it'll be now then also, yes? It's never not this. It's never not here. It's never not now ... and we're thrown  to deny it, to resist its domination, to try to disprove it, to pretend otherwise (by simply refusing to get it), and to look for a way out, a way of avoiding it.

It's human  to deny it. No, it's more than that actually. It's the other way around. It's denying it which characterizes  our human-ness.

Look! Even when I invent a future worth living into I invent it here, I invent it now. And when the future I invent which is worth living into is realized, I'll be living that future here, I'll be living that future now.

There's never another place to get things done than here. There's never another time to get things done than now. There's never more time  to get things done than now. To be sure, we've generated plausible illusions entrenched in our most cherished belief systems  that there'll be more time (indeed, even a better  time) to get things done later. Some of our most cherished belief systems suggest there'll be a better time to get things done when our lives are over.

Listen: if there were another life, when you lived it it would be now, and where you lived it would be here. As Gertrude Stein said referring to her razed childhood home in Oakland California, "There's no there  there" (erroneously assumed to refer to Oakland itself). There's no there. It's always here. It's always now. And it's never not this. There's always only this space - the space we are. And there's always only this time - which is now. Never not this.

Now, you can't get this intellectually, logically, or rationally. And in spite of our best intentions, you can't even get this spiritually  (which is one of the many euphemisms for conceptually). Neither can you prove this in an argument or by winning a debate in favor of it. You can't get it by looking it up in a book in the library or by looking for it in a .pdf  online. But you can  get it experientially. You can get it by looking into the space and noticing ie by telling the truth unflinchingly  about what's here.

It's always here. It's always now. It's never not this. Ever.

Here's what distinguishes real maturity and wisdom: the willingness to recreate this experience bigger than who we are, the experience of it's "never not this" ... that, plus the willingness to differentiate this experience of it's "never not this" from our human thrown-ness  which futilely believes it's otherwise.



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