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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Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Stags Leap Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

May 1, 2005

This essay, Where The Rubber Meets The Road, is the companion piece to

Photography by Lyn Malone, Collage by Laurence Platt
"Werner In Sine Curve"

I come. I go. I come again.

I'm present. I'm not present. I'm present again.

It's OK. It's not OK. It's OK again.

I got it. I don't get it. And just when I realize I don't get it, I got it again.

Have you ever driven your car listening to the radio singing along with your favorite song and the radio went dead as you entered a tunnel and you kept on singing and when you emerged from the tunnel and the radio signal was restored and the song came on again, you were still singing along exactly in sync with the song?

Werner's work is like that. No matter how long you participate, no matter how long you're away from it, when you come back, here you are again.

This is where who you really are shows up. This is where the rubber meets the road.

The thing to do in those times when you notice you're not being who you really are is to simply acknowledge you're not being who you really are. It's quite obvious, double negatives aside, that you can never not be anything other than who you really are - ever. So there's nothing to do to reinstate who you really are when you notice you're not being who you really are. Rather, a simple acknowledgement of it not being present reinstates its presence.


Writing this stuff ain't easy. If it were easy everyone would do it. I'm carving it out of the rock with my fingernails as I go along.


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