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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The Water They Swim In

Marin County, California, USA

September 3, 2018

"If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen."  ... President Harry Truman quoted by  
This essay, I am indebted to Patricia "Pat" Shelton who inspired this conversation.

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.

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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?).

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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.

[... being continued ...]

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