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


Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

June 17, 2013

This essay, Relentless, is the twelfth in the complete group of Experiences Of A Friend (click here for the open group Experiences Of A Friend II):
  1. Stepping Back
  2. At Home As Self
  3. Empty Windows
  4. Futile Like A Freedom
  5. Shut Up And Do What You're Doing
  6. Werner As Intention
  7. Who He Is For Himself
  8. Source Quote
  9. Puzzle Solved, Mind Unraveled
  10. Eye To Eye
  11. Mystical Connection II
  12. Relentless
  13. Being Around Werner
  14. Being Always In Action: A Possibility
  15. Shaken Up And Teary
  16. On Being Sad
  17. The Complete Presentation
  18. Force Of Nature
  19. Everyone's In Love With Everyone
  20. I'm Old School
  21. Werner At The Speed Of Choice
  22. I Get Who You Are From What They Do
  23. The Significance - Not What Happened
  24. You Know I Love You - And I Know You Love Me
  25. Speaking To People's Relationship With Werner
  26. A Master At Being (And Having People Be)
  27. Werner As Source
  28. A Man Who's All There
  29. My Heart And You
  30. Mind Control
  31. Again And Again And Again And Again And Again And Again
  32. Unwavering
  33. The Leadership Course III: Pillar Of The Community
  34. American Genius
  35. Legacy II
so far, in that order.

I am indebted to Professor William Warren "Bill" Bartley III who inspired this conversation.

People who meet him say it's the first thing they notice about him. A more rigorous way to say this may be: people who meet him say it's the first thing they can't not  notice about him because it simply grabs  their attention.

It's the essential quality he brings to every occasion. It's an extraordinary  quality, to be sure. You recognize it immediately with every fiber of your being when you experience him for the first time, even though you may never have experienced this particular human quality before. You can tell what it is straight away even though you may never have known it or seen it before. Clearly it's a human quality - because it's brought forth by a human being. But just as clearly, it's uncommon. You get  when he presents it, that it's uncommon. By "uncommon" I mean "rare". It's so rare in fact that, for all intents and purposes, he's totally unique  this way.

By bringing forth this quality, he ups the ante  for everyone around him to bring forth the same quality. But listen: it's not a quality he brings forth only occasionally, like on special occasions. It's not something he has at stake only sometimes. Rather it's a quality he always  brings forth with everyone around him - which is to say with everyone he works with, which is to say with everyone he's in relationship with, which is to say with everyone  - period.

It's the quality which some call ruthless compassion. That's good. It's actually pretty close to what it is. But for me, although "ruthless  compassion" comes close to what it really is and may even be a component  of what it really is, it doesn't totally capture it. I'd like to suggest the quality of which we speak is actually relentless  compassion rather than merely ruthless  compassion. Or simply relentless‑ness. He's relentless - compassionate is a given.

There's a shift in order of magnitude from ruthless to relentless. Do you get it? Granted, it's unusual to use the two words "relentless" and "compassion" in the same phrase or sentence. But by "unusual" I mean unusual like a breakthrough in being  ... and it only proves his thesis of what's possible for human beings to call his unique breakthrough in being, unusual.

Indeed you could call him unusual. You could also call him many other things. Whatever you call him, he's anything but  business as usual. Yes, you could call him a business man. His products are unabashedly marketed to businesses and also as  businesses, each of which set the gold standard for excellence in delivery, and for superior customer satisfaction. Yet he's anything but usual.

In relating to people as their strengths  and not as their complaints nor as their considerations nor as their rackets, he's relentless. In relating to who people really are (that's people as everyone  - not only people as his customers) there's no let up. Ever. Not once. No one left out. Not one exception. Not for one moment.

He's been relentless with people like this 24 / 7 / 365 for the last forty two years, and more. It's uncanny. There are no signs of him stopping. For most people, keeping this up for one day  let alone 24 / 7 / 365 for forty two years, would be exhausting. For him it's effortless. Actually for him I suspect it's more than that. For him ... it's ... a ... demonstration.

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