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


Wonderful Life

Napa Valley, California, USA

May 12, 2012



"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done." ... Amelia Earhart



Of course, what I say here (indeed, what I say anywhere in this entire internet series of Conversations For Transformation) is just my opinion. But if I'm going to opine about the  one belief which is most widely held by people to be true for all people about people and about Life itself, there's really no doubt as to what it would be.

There are so many beliefs we, humanity, collectively hold to be good and true. Actually most  of what we, humanity, hold to be good and true is good and true  (people are, for the most part, basically good) ... AND  ... then there are those beliefs we hold to be good and true, those beliefs we're certain  are good and true, those beliefs we run our lives by, those beliefs we set our compasses by, which aren't true at all. Such beliefs which we assume  to be true which aren't true at all, still have the power to drive our lives - as any belief does - even though they aren't based in truth. When our lives are driven by beliefs which aren't based in truth, they become skewed. Then everything (yes, everything)  in our skewed lives becomes ... well ... (for want of a better word), off:  off-base, off-target, ... just ... off.

When the lives we live become skewed ie off, they become harder and harder ie they don't work well - and it's not too difficult to figure out why. Off-base beliefs (mis-beliefs, actually) have become the foundations on which more misbeliefs are formed ie based, which in turn become the foundations on which more misbeliefs are formed ie based etc etc. It's pretty obvious a life based on layers and layers of misbelief, has the stability and the integrity of a house of cards. It's no wonder  Life is hard going sometimes - if not most of the time  - when lived this way.

The possibility of uncovering a (if not, "the")  fundamental misbelief in our thinking, on top of which all subsequent misbeliefs and mis-learnings  are formed ie based, fascinates me. In my own inquiry into what the fundamental misbelief is, this is what I've come up with. And by the way, what I've found out isn't presented here as "the truth"  - indeed, once anything I say about beliefs comes off as "the truth", then essentially I'm lying (as Werner Erhard may have said). Rather, it's presented here as a platform on which to stand  from which to look.

Here it is: we have it that it's not possible  to be whole, complete, fulfilled, satisfied, and happy just in the process of Life itself  with nothing added and with nothing taken away. When I say "we have it that ...", I'm not saying we've decided  that. I'm not even saying we consciously know  that. When I say "we have it that it's not possible to be whole, complete, fulfilled, satisfied, and happy just in the process of Life itself with nothing added and with nothing taken away", I'm saying it's just that way  for us - it's just that way for us without question, without examination, without inquiry. We have it that in order to be whole, complete, fulfilled, satisfied, and happy, something else other than Life itself  is required. And for the most part, we do pretty well with that belief set in stone at the heart of what drives us. We use it to decide and define what will make us whole, complete, fulfilled, satisfied, happy.

Now, there's nothing wrong  with any of that. It's what most modern societies are built on. It's what the "American Dream"  is built on. And I'm for sure not proposing it be eliminated. Rather, what I'm proposing is we consider newly the possibility of Life itself being enough for wholeness, completion, fulfillment, satisfaction, and happiness before  we set out to do the things we do.

It's more than simply turning around  the way we regard wholeness, completion, fulfillment, satisfaction, and happiness as being the goal  of Life, to them being the source of Life. What this really implies is resetting our compasses  in a very fundamental way, a way which completely rearranges the priorities of what we do and what we choose to do, a way which has the possibility of rearranging what Life will be about for each of us. And be careful: this possibility may seem new, but it isn't new. It's old. Very old - ancient, in fact. And it's never gone away. What happened, however, is it got buried by our misbeliefs about what Life is all about - to the degree that we no longer consider the possibility of simply being alive to be ... well ... "enough".

This is a wonderful life. Living my life entirely as an act of creation  coming from being already  whole, complete, fulfilled, satisfied, and happy, is something they said makes no sense. It's something they said couldn't be done.



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