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




Plastic Chandelier II

CADE Estate Winery, Angwin, California, USA

August 23, 2019



"You're only going to do what you're going to do. People don't do what they want to do; they do what they do. You always do what you do. And you don't always do what you want to do, do you? The only time you do what you wanted to do is when it's coincidentally what you did."
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quoted by Bruce Hyde and Drew Kopp in the sidebar titled "Speaking Out" in the chapter called "Forum Day Three: Session Three", on page 232 of Speaking Being: Werner Erhard, Martin Heidegger, and a New Possibility of Being Human
This essay, Plastic Chandelier II, is the companion piece to It is also the eleventh in the open second group of Experiences Of A Friend (click here for the closed first group of thirty five Experiences Of A Friend):
  1. Friend, Partner, And Ally
  2. Go To The Beach
  3. Proof Of Life
  4. Going Out Like A Supernova
  5. Relationships: They Start, They End
  6. Evidence Of Source
  7. On Knowing When To Be Ordinary
  8. Letting Be
  9. Transforming The Untransformable
  10. There's Always The Next Piece
  11. Plastic Chandelier II
in that order.

It is also the sequel to I am indebted to Mehul Mehta who contributed material for this conversation.




Werner Erhard with Friends
Sharing your work with people who haven't experienced it, comes with unique challenges, the chief of which is to break away from our propensity to both speak and listen for explanations. The trouble is the opportunity at hand, experiencing transformation, can't be explained. Look: no  experience can be explained in a way that recreates the experience. An explanation of an experience produces at best an understanding of the experience, and an understanding of the experience isn't the experience. Such is the challenge of sharing your work, that it called for a special program, the ILP  (Introduction Leaders Program) to take on this mission. To me the ILP is the leading edge of your work: they don't preach to the choir (the choir already got it).

A simplified overview of what there is to get from you (maybe an over-simplified one) is first, get who we really are (distinct from who we believe we are, even from who we'd like to be), and second, live coming from who we really are. That's transformation, a new order of living, than living from who we believe we are or who we'd like to be (both of whom are also OK).

Accomplishing the first challenge should be simple - and it's not. People should recognize who they are in another (as in you, demonstrating). But we don't (at least, many people don't). When I saw you being that way like a demonstration, I got it instantly - and then immediately made a mistake that took me years to realize and adjust for: I assumed everyone  also got it from seeing you demonstrate it. I was wrong: only those who have eyes to see it, can see it.

Imparting this experience in your flagship programs requires lots of conversations, the purpose of which may be (that's an in-my-opinion  "may be") to close off the avoidance escape route (which we keep open expressly for avoiding getting it - it's one of the things we're good at) until it becomes too plain jaw-dropping obvious to miss. Truth be told, it was obvious in the beginning when you demonstrated it for those who have eyes to see. We humans are crazy this way: we're thrown to avoid the obvious. We enter caves, convents, monasteries, churches etc seeking for years what you make available under this plastic chandelier in hours (or less). And what do we do with it? Why, we do what humans do with it: we assume you'll con us. But hey! humans are already conned. In fact, we're "You'll con us" waiting to happen.

Sitting talking in a Starbucks  recently, I shared your work with one of my best friends (not a graduate). She listened quietly, then when I'd finished speaking, said knowingly "It (quote unquote) isn't that simple, Laurence" to which I responded "Only if you say it isn't.". For her (and honestly, for many, many others), it isn't  that simple. So I say for those with eyes to see and ears to hear: watch, and listen. It really is as simple and as dogshit real as the plastic chandelier under which we all sit.



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