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


Ordinary Life Extraordinary Commitment

Rutherford Hill, Napa Valley, California, USA

August 7, 2006



I am indebted to Kihā "Billy" Pimental who inspired this conversation.



My life is ordinary. I'm slightly overweight. I no longer try to hide the unwanted bulge of my belly. I live in a nice cottage which I don't dust often enough. My car needs a wash too. I enjoy watching "reality" TV and music videos of golden oldies. I like comparing prices in the supermarket and getting the best deals.

I'm committed to the miraculous. I'm committed to who we really are. I mean to who we really  are, like pure consciousness, like life itself, like the source of all possibility, like god in our universe. As long as I can remember I've known who I really am. Waking up in the morning and just being alive is enough for me. It makes me happy. It took me many years to realize not all people live this way and why I, not knowing that, was out of step - at first. Now who I am comes forth very naturally into the world. I am committed to your commitment.

I don't always have what I want but somehow I have what I need. I dream about moving to Hawai'i, living on the beach and surfing every day. I'm slightly frustrated I'm not there right now.

I live inside a self-generated paradigm which allows everything including inconsistencies to be the way it is and the way it isn't. If I notice something is inconsistent I examine its source and I put in corrections. Being inconsistent isn't wrong. But arguably, noticing inconsistencies and not  putting in corrections is playing small.

I notice I like to look good  in everything I do. I think it's a good advertisement for transformation. Lately I've come to realize the best advertisement for transformation is having the courage to share who I am and what's happening in my life exactly as it occurs  regardless of whether it looks good, or not. Whatever is going on is just what's so. Interestingly enough what's so  is closer to the miraculous than any opinion that this doesn't look good  could ever be.

Occasionally I don't live what I stand for. I ascribe that to being human. I'm not particularly interested in continuing doing what I'm doing when I'm not living what I stand for. Like being inconsistent, not always living what I stand for isn't wrong either. But when I notice I'm not living what I stand for, I put in corrections. I communicate apologies if they're what's needed. I regard admitting error as the act of a big person.

It's clear to me if I don't invent new possibilities, nothing extraordinary will happen and I'll continue to live my same olde ordinary life, just getting by  (I'm good at coping). I'm committed to creating the future by looking at what's not working, then inventing new possibilities for myself and my life. When I do that, extraordinary things happen. I'm committed to inventing the possibility of communication, transformation, and freedom, and I'm committed to inventing it in such a way that it's freely available for everyone. The world already provides ample evidence of what things look like when there's not much of it about.

Once in a while I like an ice cold beer. Perhaps I don't read enough. I eat healthily but I'm no gourmet chef. I procrastinate. I like listening to the radio. Sometimes I don't floss.



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