The most pressing post I’ve been working on, “How Trust Is Lost,” has been waiting for me to finish a project: the transcription of “What Is The Possibility of Relationships?,” a seminar Werner Erhard gave in August of 1984. It has a section on trust, to which I wanted to refer.
Now that I have listened to it again, and I have it in front of me in text, I realize that I have made a terrible mistake, and I cannot bring myself to write that blog post right now. I do not know how to deal with it.
like most other similar situations like this in my life, I expect it to go like this: I will freak out about it for a while, and then, probably tomorrow or Wednesday morning, I’ll get out of bed and deal with it, and it will be over, and then I can write about it.
I’ve started some big blog posts / projects that didn’t seem as big when I started them. There is a lot to write and a lot of research to do. Much more than I thought there would be. Here’s a brief synopsis of what’s in the pipeline:
I’m reading The Road Less Traveled again. It’s amazing. It’s also immediately practical and is about to really simplify some thing for me.
The current dysfunction in the United States government is a convenient backdrop for this post. The underlying issue, hidden beneath layers of blame and drama, is that opposing sides of all issues are so attached to their beliefs about fill-in-the-blank that compromise and discussion are impossible.
But giving up beliefs is awesome! Even giving up beliefs about your own identity is useful and empowering.
I recently stopped reading Alan Watts’ book, “The Book”, after he asserted that man is “incapable of pleasure and contentment” while experiencing the world as a collection of separate people and objects. I find this assertion absurd. But the larger thrust of the book, that we aren’t separate objects and people, is actually starting to seem logical, even appealing. More below the fold.