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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Somewhere Else:

 The Cure*

Silver Oak Cellars, Oakville, California, USA

October 6, 2019



*** SPOILER ALERT!  ***: There's no place better than this, there's no place better than here, there's no place better than exactly where you are right now.

If you hear "There's no place better than this, there's no place better than here, there's no place better than exactly where you are right now" as a fact, it'll be be easy to get tangled in all the "yeah but"s, "how 'bout"s, and "what if"s which invariably come up around it, to the point where it'll cease to be useful. Rather, listen it like a possibility. To listen it like a possibility, is to listen it as a new, invented place to be, a new, invented place to stand, a new, invented place to come from  - that is to say it's to listen it as a new, invented way of being with the material. It's a place you already are, so it's not new in that  way. What's new about it is you intentionally generate it here, rather than hoping it will show up by itself somewhere else. If listened other than as a new possibility, it'll sound like more of the same old same old.

There's no avoiding circumstances, surroundings, the location, all the goings on. We travel. We move. We migrate extensively to avoid / escape the circumstances and to find better ones. The truth is there's not one single place on God's green Earth where there are no circumstances, some of which are great, some of which are bad, and some of which are really  bad. Everywhere we go, there are circumstances. We can't avoid them. To be human is to inherit, to encounter, to be immersed in circumstances - anywhere, everywhere. There's no way out. The only worthwhile choice which is ours to make in this regard, is who we'll be, given what's going on.

*** SPOILER ALERT!  ***: It's never better anywhere else. Really.

If there's an inherent barrier to an assertion such as this, it's a barrier of listening  (if you will). It's a barrier which has the power to block the inherent value from showing up. This barrier is reinforced and abetted with various rebar  flavors of "Everyone knows ...". Here are three examples of this rebar: everyone knows  it's better to be anywhere else other than in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm;  everyone knows it's better to be anywhere else other than in Banda Ache during the tsunami; everyone knows it's better to be anywhere else other than on Robben Island during the halcyon apartheid  years.

Each of those three "everyone knows"s  are heard in the realm of fact, not in the realm of possibility. And in the realm of fact, yes each of them are arguably true. Yet without discounting the integrity of the realm of fact and truth, the keys to the kingdom  (so to speak) aren't found there. The keys to the kingdom are found in the realm of possibility. And the realm of possibility is available everywhere, regardless of the circumstances. Ask Nelson Mandela on his Robben Island; ask Sydney Rittenberg in his China prison: none of their extreme, dire circumstances could quench the possibility they stood for. It's an ability even the most ordinary of us have.

*** SPOILER ALERT!  ***: The circumstances somewhere else won't free you. They simply seduce you away from the power you have to create yourself being free, here.

Look: I love to travel. So this isn't a call to not take vacations, to not visit the pyramids or the Galapágos. Rather it's a call to examine how we're thrown to move the circumstances around (and to move ourselves around within the circumstances) hoping that doing so will free us. To do so is to miss out on our fundamental power.

Changing the circumstances won't free us. It never has, even if trying to change them, is our first go-to  cure. It's we who have the power to create being free for ourselves, whether that power is plausible to us or not, regardless of whatever circumstances there are. And that power is always here. It's never somewhere else.

*** SPOILER ALERT!  ***: Where you are is as good as it gets. If you have it that you must go somewhere else for it to be better, I'm sorry but it won't be there either.


* The title of this essay, Somewhere Else: The Cure, is subtle.

It's not: the cure is somewhere else.

It's the cure for  "somewhere else".


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