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

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Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Out With The Old, In With The New

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January 20 and 28, 2021

"Without integrity nothing works." ... 
This essay, Out With The Old, In With The New, is the twenty second in a group of twenty two on Integrity: It is also the twelfth in an open group World Transformed:
  1. The Friends Of The Landmark Forum In South Africa
  2. The Transformation Of The World
  3. Werner's Work Is Coming Back To Hawai'i
  4. Werner Erhard Slide Experience
  5. Werner's Work Is Coming Back To Hawai'i Again
  6. Werner's Work Is Coming To Fiji
  7. Werner's Work Is Coming To The Dominican Republic
  8. The Breakthrough That Unlocks Futures
  9. Werner's Work Is Back In Hawai'i
  10. Werner Is Coming To Stanford!
  11. We're Not Republican, We're Not Democratic, We're American
  12. Out With The Old, In With The New
in that order.

It is also the sequel to Thank You For Voting.




When society (that is, when each one of us) makes changes ie when we're compelled  to change because we simply can't stand the way it's going anymore, we change based on all manner of criteria. We change when we stop enjoying what we're doing. We change when our products have passed their expiration date. We change when we earn less (or when we earn more). We change when we feel like  changing. When we get bored, we change in order to spice things up. We change to protect ourselves from danger. When we get uncomfortable, we change to restore the status quo. And when we get comfortable, we change to preserve the status quo.

Now watch: all of that's subjective. But how often do we make changes based on integrity?  Going with the numbers alone, making changes based solely on integrity, seems like such a stretch for us. In particular, how often do we change because we notice the impact of being out of integrity? How often do we change predicated on restoring integrity when it's out? It's actually worse than that, it's much worse: it's if we don't recognize integrity in the first place, are the latter two even discernible?

If we go with the numbers alone, most of us don't ordinarily make changes to restore integrity when it's out. That's just not one of our go-to  criteria for making any changes. But we will  make changes to get what we want, whether or not it serves the greater good. We will  make changes based on party lines and on political expediency, whether or not it serves the greater good. And we will  make changes based on what will serve us  even though it may not also serve them, or the greater good. It's not usual for all of us to make massive social changes to restore integrity. Based on the numbers, it's something that crosses our radar all too infrequently.

And yet  ... "Without integrity nothing works.". Like the simplicity of gravity holding us safely onto the planet so we don't fly off into space, "Without integrity nothing works" is just as simple. If we know integrity ie if we get  integrity, then "Without integrity nothing works" is a no-brainer (bicycles whose wheels have broken spokes, don't work - period). Going with the numbers alone, we see a vast  sub-population of us don't get integrity, so even more don't act to restore integrity when it's out.

If being out of integrity serves us, we'll fight (and we'll justify fighting) for our self-proclaimed (albeit misguided) right to stay out of integrity. We'll even fastidiously and forcefully resist any move to restore it. And even when we do begin to get the power of integrity, we barely grasp the oftentimes terrible global consequences of pushing for our private agendas in violation of integrity's gravity. And even if we begin to almost grasp the oftentimes terrible global consequences of pushing for our private agendas in violation of integrity's gravity, we'll ignore them like ostriches with our heads in the sand, if doing so kick-starts our selfish (small "ess") agendas.

When we can't delay changing any longer, when the consequences have become too grave to ignore, we'll campaign to have them voted out. But the trouble is it's not the consequences  we'll have to vote out. They're just the visible symptoms. They're the signs we see. They're just the obvious. They're the manifest. What we'll really  have to vote out is the out-integrity behavior at the root of the unworkable consequences. And if we don't get  integrity in the first place, that'll be a hard row to hoe.

So: out with the old, in with the new. Onward and upward! And be careful: if "out with the old, in with the new" only applies to those unworkable consequences, we'll at best experience a temporary respite and a modicum of social change. But if "out with the old, in with the new" applies to our behavior, and if it applies in particular to our rampant out-integrity behavior, and especially to behavior which willfully steps over  and condones out-integrity, then the world is transformed like a possibility.



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