Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Weather Or Not

Somewhere At 40,000 Feet Over The Pacific Ocean

November 30, 2011



The weather isn't bad. The weather isn't good either. And no, I'm not suggesting we stop regarding a rainy day as "bad" weather, and a sunny day as "good" weather - an arbitrary distinction (if ever there was one) which we make from time to time, yes? Rather, what I'm suggesting is the weather isn't being willfully  bad ie unkind  to us when it's rainy, and neither is it being willfully good ie kind  to us when it's sunny. The weather has no intentionality  around being malevolent or benevolent. The weather is just a process which changes. It's not personal.

Sometimes it's rainy. Sometimes it's sunny. It's not willful. And if I tell the truth about it, I'm just like the weather  in this regard. Sometimes I'm that  way. Sometimes I'm this  way. I'm a process which changes. It's not personal. Yet I prefer  being this way over being that way. When I change to being that way, I try to change myself from being that way back to being this way, the way I prefer being. I know it's futile  trying to change a rainy day back to a sunny day. I know the weather's just a process which changes. I know it's not personal. Yet on countless occasions I find myself trying to change from being that way back to being this way. And when I fail  to change from being that way back to being this way (which I invariably do), I become impatient with being that way.

Wow! This is like getting impatient with rainy weather, yes? When it's rainy it's rainy. It'll be sunny again when it's sunny again, whenever that is. My impatience with rainy weather has no impact whatsoever  on when rainy weather changes back to sunny weather. The weather is a process which changes. And I'm just like the weather. I'm a process which changes. The process isn't willful. Neither is it personal. It changes when it changes, whenever that is. It goes on forever. And it can't be stopped.

When the weather's hot and dry, when it's a drought and water is in critically short supply, when acres and acres of farmland are reduced to dustbowls, the weather isn't being evil. The weather's just being the weather. And when it rains again, when it's a deluge and wild flower seeds buried in the dirt sprout in a plethora of colors instantly beautifying the parched landscape, the weather isn't being godly. The weather didn't just do an about face. It didn't have a change of heart  and decide to give the land a break. The weather's just being the weather. The weather's just being a rainy day again, before being a sunny day again, before being a rainy day again, before being a sunny day again ...

You and I are like a rainy day - which is to say we're like a rainy day when we're like a rainy day. You and I are also like a sunny day - which is to say we're like a sunny day when we're like a sunny day. When we change from being a rainy day to being a sunny day, it's not willful, and it's not personal. We're a drought when we're a drought and we're a deluge when we're a deluge. We're a process which changes, and it's not personal. It's futile trying to change from being that way back to being this way. It's futile resisting changing from being this way, the way we prefer being, back to being that way again. You and I, in spite of our attempts to be any different than it, are just like the weather.

But there is one essential  difference between you and I and the weather, and it's this: unlike the weather, you and I can speak.



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