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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On This Team Everyone's The Leader

Santa Barbara, California, USA

May 7, 2012

"Welcome to your life. There's no turning back." ... Tears For Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World 
This essay, On This Team Everyone's The Leader, is the companion piece to It is also the eighth in a group of fourteen written in Santa Barbara:
  1. Santa Barbara
  2. Unbelievable
  3. Give Me Money (That's What I Want?)
  4. True Gold
  5. Getting Into Your World
  6. You Say Stop: About Resisting Transformation
  7. The Cavalry's Not Coming
  8. On This Team Everyone's The Leader
  9. Fireside Chat
  10. The Next Best Thing
  11. Full Circle, Full Spiral
  12. Truth, And What's True
  13. Snowflakes In A Furnace
  14. Something In The Air
in that order.




The Tears For Fears  quote showcased at the start of this conversation is bang on  the money. Welcome to your life! There is  no turning back. You're here. Really. "This is IT!"  says Alan Watts quoted by Werner Erhard. There's nothing to do, nowhere to go, and nothing to get. "Life is fired at us point blank"  says Jose Ortega y Gasset - also read by Werner Erhard.

The song title from which this quote comes, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, isn't quite as bang on the money as the showcased quote however. Nonetheless, although it's only a rock song title, it's worth commenting on what it asserts. Setting aside the fact that what it asserts may actually be true, it plain doesn't work, yes? That's no criticism of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, by the way. It may even be exactly what they're pointing at: that everybody does  want to rule the world - and it doesn't work. We've tried this paradigm for quite a while now, for most of recorded history - and earlier, in fact. Isn't it clear by now it doesn't work? Isn't it clear it's never  worked? Isn't it clear it never will  work?

This un-workability, this failure, by the way, is a failure of the politics of leadership. But it's not only  a failure of the politics of leadership. It's not only a failure of politicians. It's a failure of each and every one of us  as well.

Here's what I mean by that:

We elect people to lead us. We love them ... to start  with. Then slowly, inevitably, inexorably  we lop them down (like tall poppies) and crucify them. We take equal pride and joy in both processes: election, and crucifixion. Then, once we've lopped down and crucified our leaders (notice it's the very same leaders we once deemed to be perfect for the job whom we then crucify), we start the process all over again: electing new replacements to lead us ... then slowly, inevitably, inexorably lopping them down and crucifying them over and over and over  ... and we've been doing this for centuries. We just don't get it doesn't work. We just don't get there's no cheese down that tunnel. This business as usual  way we do the politics of leadership is true insanity  - insanity that is, in the way Albert Einstein defines insanity: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".

The problem is twofold. Firstly, the leaders we elect are no more special than you and me, no more able, no more insightful, no less corrupt, and no more qualified than you and me to lead us to workability, satisfaction, wholeness, sustainability, and freedom. And secondly, by abdicating our responsibility  for generating our own  workability, satisfaction, wholeness, sustainability, and freedom to our leaders, we ensure  we'll never  experience them for ourselves. This is because workability, satisfaction, wholeness, sustainability, and freedom can only be generated  by each of us. We can never be led  to them - leaders can't generate them for us. They can never be legislated into existence by any political team, no matter how much of the well being of the populace such a team stands for or says it stands for.

Now, if  a team could  generate workability, satisfaction, wholeness, sustainability, and freedom for each of us, then on this team, there wouldn't only be one  elected leader voted into power to get the job done for all of us. No, on this  team everyone's  the leader - and each one of us are on this team.

Here's a thought: what could work a lot  better than everybody wanting (and fighting) to rule the world, is everybody ruling not the  world but rather their own  world. It's more than that really. It's what could work a lot better than everybody wanting (and fighting) to rule the world, is everybody ruling their own world, and also supporting everybody else  ruling their own world.

Gee! I hope you get that ...

It's an entirely new way  of looking at almost everything  about the way we live Life on our planet. This is an entirely new possibility  for leadership. It's an entirely new possibility for humanity.



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