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




(working title)

Questions For A Friend XII II

(working title)

Sacramento, California, USA

December 6, 2017



This essay, Questions For A Friend XII II (working title), is the second in the twelfth trilogy Questions For A Friend:
  1. What Will I Do When You Die?
  2. Questions For A Friend XII II (working title)
  3. Questions For A Friend XII III (working title)
in that order.
The first trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Prelude
  2. Ask Me Anything
  3. Coming Around Again
in that order.
The second trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Familiar Unfamiliar Territory
  2. Interview
  3. Straight Talk
in that order.
The third trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Dancing With My Mouth
  2. Cave Paintings
  3. Velvet Tsunami
in that order.
The fourth trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Creating Creating
  2. Tell Me Something About Nothing
  3. Lucid Disclosures
in that order.
The fifth trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Closer And Closer
  2. Tête À Tête
  3. Dancing With Life
in that order.
The sixth trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. What Would I Ask You If I Could Ask You Anything?
  2. Wonderings About Nothing In Particular
  3. Tipping Point
in that order.
The seventh trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Beyond Breathing Underwater
  2. Bold Faced Truth
  3. What You Create For Yourself About Me
in that order.
The eighth trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Once In A Lifetime
  2. Fireside Chat
  3. Whole And Complete
in that order.
The ninth trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Questions For A Friend
  2. Nothing Else I'd Rather Be Doing
  3. Free To Be And Free To Act
in that order.
The tenth trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. Attracted To Dance
  2. I Told A Friend I Love You
  3. Terse Transformed Communication
in that order.
The eleventh trilogy Questions For A Friend is:
  1. A Context Worth Playing In
  2. Tie The Brush To My Hand
  3. Unimaginably Terse
in that order.

I am indebted to Julia Dederer who contributed material for this conversation.




I'd like to share something about the access you've granted me, through which inter alia  I get to ask you ten questions from time to time, then give you the space to answer as many of them as you like.

It's no secret: I've committed my life so that whatever I get from these exchanges of ours, I make it my personal business to share it whole-heartedly with the world.

That's my qualification, my credentials. That's it. And that's all. That's what this takes. Nothing less. Nothing more. It's what works.

What I get out of these exchanges and the way I share it with the world, looks  academic. To be sure, there's a lot  of writing involved. Each of these so far one thousand three hundred and seventeen essays is, in a way, a paper. And although I'm not committed to expressing my own opinions and interpretations or even my own hardened points of view  in them, some or all of the above will invariably seep into what I'm publishing - again, the hallmarks of academic dissertations.

None of that however, is what this is for me. What this is for me, is a personal account. As I said, these Conversations For Transformation are at their most powerful when they connect me to you, and consequently when they connect anyone who reads them, to you. Each of the ten questions in each of the Questions For A Friend trilogies, is an opening to a conversation among us as close friends. Yes the form they take is written, quasi-academic pieces posted to the internet. But that's purely incidental. They're actually better thought of as the overheard conversations which effortlessly and easily go on around a great dinner with a nice bottle of wine which real friends share when they have the good fortune to be together with nothing pressing distracting from the sheer pleasure of reveling in each other's company.



Ten Questions



 1)  My intention is to continue doing this for as long as you and I are able to continue doing it. It's what makes life extraordinarily liveable. I don't know who'll go first: me or you. If I go first, I'll go with an enormous vault of questions unasked, and with years of conversations unspoken. But if you go first, I don't know what I'll do. I can't bear the thought.

First question:

"What will I do when you die?"



 2)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Second question:

"People say 'You don't love him: you love the space he is' when I say I love you. I do love you. Are they amiss?"



 3)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Third question:

"Everyone who knows you, knows you're always in action. How do you do that? Where does that start for you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What drives you?"



 4)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Fourth question:

"As the breakthrough of the est training was unleashed in confronting 'You are a machine!', what creates the space for the breakthrough of the Leadership Course?"



 5)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Fifth question:

"Am I accurate in describing the upcoming Mastery Course ("Being a Master of Life: What It Takes" - New York, April 2018) as the next iteration of your work after (ie as the sequel to) the Leadership Course? If not, how should I introduce it?"



 6)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Sixth question:

"As the breakthrough of the est training was unleashed in confronting 'You are a machine!', what creates the space for the breakthrough of the Mastery Course?"



 7)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Seventh question:

"An acorn, not doing much, is likely to become a mighty oak tree. Is it good Zen for us to bet on that model apropos us becoming great? Or is that naïve?"



 8)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Eighth question:

"You say your memory isn't what it once was, yet how do you account for your voice being more powerful than it's ever been?"



 9)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Ninth question:

"You once said 'It's entirely appropriate for persons interested in est to be interested also in Zen', and you acknowledge Zen master Yamada Mumon Roshi as your friend. What is Zen? Are you a Zen master? Is the common interest still applicable in your work today?"



 10)  Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

Tenth question:

"What's on your 'Doing Now' list? What are you currently generating that no one knows about that we can look forward to?"



Completion



Questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II questions for a friend XII II.

[... being continued ...]



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