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
The Water They Swim In
Marin County, California, USA
September 3, 2018
"If you can't
the heat, stay out of the kitchen."
... President Harry Truman quoted by
I am indebted to Patricia "Pat" Shelton who inspired this
The closer you play to the source of transformation, the higher the
stakes. Any group of high-intentioned people working closely together,
are invariably going to bump each other, working it all out until the
sweet spot of teamsmanship comes into everyone's focus. In
any team situation with new players, there's a learning curve. In the
production of transformation, there's also a learning curve, albeit a
bit steeper. So it's not a matter of if the you-know-what
will hit the fan, but when.
* * *
That was it. Now what I want you to get is there was no judgement
in it for me. It was just over, and I was out of there. I
walked out, heavy and significant, continuing down the sidewalk to
the nearest cablecar stop. I was halfway there when I realized someone
was walking next to me, not just another pedestrian next to me on that
crowded city sidewalk, but rather walking next to me. When she
asked me "Are you OK?", I looked around to see who it was. It was her,
my erstwhile supervisor ("erstwhile" because I had walked out, remember?).
* * *
She explained it in a way that I was not only made whole by, but was
also instantly attracted to. She said she knew people weren't merely
there for the fun of it. They didn't come in just because the projects
were interesting (which they were). They didn't even come in to make
a difference, even though their coming in did make a difference.
She was equally clear they weren't there for her. There was
something else they were there for ... which had her asking "What is
the water they swim in here?". And the answer, she got, was their
relationship with Werner.