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Werner Erhard Kyoto 2010

“We can choose to be audacious enough to take responsibility for the entire human family.  We can choose to make our love for the world what our lives are really about. Each of us has the opportunity, the privilege, to make a difference in creating a world that works for all of us.  It will require courage, audacity and heart.  It is much more radical than a revolution – it is the beginning of a transformation in the quality of life on our planet.  What we create together is a relationship in which our work can show up as making a difference in people’s lives. I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings.

If not you, who?
If not now, when?
If not here, where?”

“While no one wants to be the first to say it, who
each of us is and the fundamental choices each of us
makes in life seem to matter very little.

“Even acts of great courage and intelligence, while
admirable and even inspiring, exist in sharp contrast to
the apparent unworkability of the world at large. Our
greatest technical achievement, walking on the moon,
while galvanizing the world for a moment, did not
fundamentally alter people’s experience of their ability
to make a difference in their lives and in the world.

“Sometime around now-it may have happened
five years ago or 50 years ago-but sometime
around now, the rules for living successfully on earth
shifted, and an opportunity, unseen before, began to
reveal itself.

“This opportunity is a context – a particular space
or paradigm, a way of being-which unexpectedly
creates the possibility for a person’s life to truly make a
difference.

“In this context, the way each of us answers the
question, ‘What is my life really going to be about?’ can
literally alter the course of humanity.

“The possibility to create the context in which
people’s lives really matter is undoubtedly the most
profound opportunity available to anyone, ever.”
Werner Erhard – 1980

 

“You and I want our lives to matter.  We want our lives to make a real difference – to be of genuine consequence in the world.  We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions, even if those motions make us successful or even if we have arranged to make those motions pleasant.  We want to know we have had some impact on the world.  In fact, you and I want to contribute to the quality of life.  We want to make the world work.”

Werner Erhard, Creating An Idea Whose Time Has Come

“While no one wants to be the first to say it, who each of us is and the fundamental choices each of us makes in life seem to matter very little.

Even acts of great courage and intelligence, while admirable and even inspiring, exist in sharp contrast to the apparent unworkability of the world at large.  Our greatest technical achievement, walking on the moon, while galvanizing the world for a moment, did not fundamentally alter people’s experience of their ability to make a difference in their lives and in the world.

Sometime around now – it may have happened five years ago or 50 years ago – but sometime around now, the rules for living successfully on earth shifted, and an opportunity, unseen before, began to reveal itself.

This opportunity is a context – a particular space or paradigm, a way of being – which unexpectedly creates the possibility for a person’s life to truly make a difference.

In this context, the way each of us answers the question, ‘What is my life really going to be about?’ can literally alter the course of humanity.

The possibility to create the context in which people’s lives really matter is undoubtedly the most profound opportunity available to anyone, ever.”

Werner Erhard – From “A Shot Heard Round The World: A World That Works For Everyone” – 1980

You and I want our lives to matter. We want our lives to make a real difference, to be of genuine consequence in the world. We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions, even if those motions make us successful, or even if we have arranged to make those motions pleasant. We want to know we have made some impact on the world. In fact, you and I want to contribute to the quality of life. We want to make the world work.

-Werner Erhard –  The Hunger Project Source Document