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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Standing Up To Gold

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"If you're going to write a book then write a book. If you're not then don't." ... 
This essay, Standing Up To Gold (working title), is the tenth in a group of ten on Money:
  1. Money And Us
  2. Give Me Money (That's What I Want?)
  3. Laurence Platt Video Interview III
  4. Exceptionally Rich
  5. Stake To Play
  6. Breakfast With The Master II: Future Finances
  7. Profit And Loss
  8. New Financial Order
  9. Really, Really Bad
  10. Standing Up To Gold (working title)
in that order.




Work in progress.

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King Midas and daughter courtesy Greek mythology

Illustration by Walter Crane
King Midas inadvertently turns his beloved daughter into gold
If I do this right, I'll write - and I'll also be financially responsible. But for me, the two are distinct. So my idea is not to collapse  the two. I don't intend to write in order to make a living. I intend to write in order to write. And I intend to make a living in order to make a living. Given the way the world and survival are set up to work, taking a stand to keep the two separate, may sound crazy. It's not. With what I'm up to, it's a requirement - a requirement, that is, if being creative isn't going to be collapsed with surviving.

Now there's nothing wrong  with being creative in order to survive. If you're fortunate enough to make that work, it's an almost ideal situation. In other words, you could say you've made it  when your vocation has become your vacation. And the idea of keeping them distinct as a matter of integrity, is equally powerful. I've given serious consideration to the possibility of blurring the lines between my vocation and my vacation, and for me it's very clear: whatever it is that I do, just doesn't work that way. Both are equally important. And both have their own place. Keeping them distinct is de rigueur  for these Conversations For Transformation. That's what I get.

My first task was to establish myself and my life as financially viable. That created the space for me to be free to write. That's the context in which my life works. Look: mostly, it's s'posed  to be the other way around: mostly you're s'posed to write, make money from writing, then you can be free. I turned that whole thing bass-ackwards  because that's how it occurred for me ... and it seems to be working.

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