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

We Are The Word

St Louis, Missouri, USA

March 12, 2001

This essay, We Are The Word, is the companion piece to Bear Trap.

Upon observing how apartheid ended in South Africa simply because committed people said that it would, I was reminded of something Werner Erhard said to me.

We were talking about taking a stand (for anything - the specifics were not the point) and then later having second thoughts, and doubting that you could sustain the enormity of what you said you stood for. I asked Werner if it was authentic for me to then take my word back.

This is how he responded to my question which forever disallowed that option.

Werner said: "You can take your word back, and what you get then is your old life back.".

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I don't know what your old life was like before transformation, but I can tell you one thing: I don't want mine back. An untransformed life is not worth living.

I mean that quite literally.

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