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

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Setting Up For The Rapids

Fantesca Estate, Spring Mountain Road, Napa Valley, California, USA

August 21, 2021

"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it sould be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
... Jack London
This essay, Setting Up For The Rapids, is the fifth in a sextet conceived during my second sabbatical:
  1. Sabbatical II (Beginning)
  2. Silence And Nothing
  3. Sabbatical II (Middle)
  4. Full Self-Expression: Demonstration II
  5. Setting Up For The Rapids
  6. Sabbatical II (End)
in that order.

It is also the sequel to Demonstration.

I am indebted to Bruce Preville who inspired this conversaiton and contributed material.

Work in progress.

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I'm being swept along by a river which will eventually take me through the rapids. It's inevitable. There's nothing I can do to avoid going through the rapids. What I can  do, is paddle - or swim, or row - into the optimum place in the river I can be in for when I inevitably do go through the rapids, then surrender to the river's direction and power.

What I mean by paddling into the optimum place in the river I can be in for when I inevitably do go through the rapids, is one, recontextualize who I really am, and two, maintain integrity - then let the river / life take its course (it turns out the way it turns out anyway).

The canoe I'm sitting in, is bound for the rapids. I can sit here, exactly where I am, and be swept through the rapids, possibly inserted  into a rock ... OR  ... noticing the coming changes, I can dip my paddle into the river just so, thereby facilitating ease and mastery through the inexorably rushing maelstroms  ahead.

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  Coming soon.   

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