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


Thanks A Million!

Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

November 22, 2015



This essay, Thanks A Million!, is the sequel to
  1. Half A Million Kids: The Truth About The Counter
  2. One Thousand Essays And A Million Views: A Future
  3. Essays - Twelve Years Later: A New Beginning
in that order.




Conversations For Transformation has received From Sunday August 17, 2003 through
12:41:51pm Sunday November 22, 2015 views.


If you lay claim to the gift of transformation (that is if you lay claim to the miracle  of transformation) then if you tell the truth about it, you've got people to thank.

Really. You've got people to thank for the contributions they make to you. You've got people to thank for the ideas they kindle for you, leading to life-altering insights. You've got people to thank for their generosity and for what they share with you. You've got people to thank for opening doors for you through which you gain access to greater things. You've got people to thank for teaching you. You've got people to thank for sheltering you. You've got people to thank for knowing who you really are  even when you forget who you really are. And although I assert it's not powerful to thank people for believing  in you (I personally don't believe in belief), you've got people to thank for supporting  you. You've got people to thank for loving you. You've got people to thank for listening  you ... and I'm only just getting started.

In particular with regard to these Conversations For Transformation, I thank you for listening me. Every expression of creativity has its own medium ie each one has its own appropriate background. And within each artform, every work of art shows up against this appropriate background. For example, Homer's great literary work The Odyssey  shows up in a book; Blue Nude, Picasso's riveting painting, shows up in oils on canvas; David, Michelangelo's defining meisterstück, shows up in alabaster marble; Shakespeare's tragic King Lear  shows up on the Stratford-Upon-Avon Royal Theatre stage; The Beatles joyful live swansong shows up at Candlestick Park.

Now although I'm an unabashed fan of all of the above, for me the background for this Conversations For Transformation internet series of essays may not be as grandiose  as any of the above, and it may not be as worldly  as any of the above. And yet it's waaay  more intimate and it's waaay  more gorgeous and it's waaay  more generous than any of the above. The background for these Conversations For Transformation is your listening. Your listening is their appropriate background.

My intention for these Conversations For Transformation is they engage you in such a way that in the reading of and the being with each one, you have an experience of being transformed and an experience of who Werner is, just by allowing their words to ripple through the oceans of your listening. I intend they leave you with an experience of Werner and transformation rather than merely impart new information. And if these essays work, that is to say if they do leave you with an experience of Werner and transformation, then take it: it's all yours now. And if they don't work for you, thank you for the time you've invested viewing this website and browsing these essays, and please know you're always welcome to come back here and visit with us again any time you like, as often as you like. We'll be here 24 / 7 / 365.

The thing is if they don't work for you, or if they do work for you, they can't happen without you. Listen: no book? no The Odyssey; no canvas? no Blue Nude; no marble? no David; no stage? no King Lear; no Candlestick Park? no Beatles live swansong. Like that, no your listening? no Conversations For Transformation. It's this simple: no listening? no transformation. The baseline of these Conversations For Transformation ie their raison d'etre  is they distinguish and bring forth that particular aspect of creative expression (and specifically they distinguish and bring forth that particular aspect of creative Self-expression) which thrives in your listening - which is to say, they distinguish and bring forth a context  which is enlivened by your listening. For this, no you don't give me the use of your printing press and paper, nor your easel and canvas and paints, nor your mallets and chisels, nor your theatre, wardrobe, and makeup, nor your stadium, guitars, and drums. But you do generously give me your open listening keenly and ongoingly, without which I'm clear these Conversations For Transformation can't happen or thrive. Thanks a million!  Really.



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