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“By taking responsibility for the past,  I no longer am my past; now I have my past, and it does not have me.  My past is now my past.  It isn’t sticking into my present and my future.  Now I have the space to come from the Self, to generate my own experience, here and now.”

-Werner Erhard, from The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est, by W.W. Bartley III.

“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?”

Werner Erhard

“Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Love is a function of communication. Health is a function of participation.  Self expression is a function of responsibility.”

-Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard leading group


“Responsibility begins with the willingness to take the stand that one is cause in the matter of one’s life.  It is a declaration not an assertion, that is, it is a context from which one chooses to live.  Responsibility is not burden, fault, praise, blame, credit, shame or guilt.  In responsibility, there is no evaluation of good or bad, right or wrong.  There is simply what’s so, and the stand you choose to take on what’s so.  Being responsible starts with the willingness to deal with a situation from the view of life that you are the generator of what you do, what you have and what you are.  That is not the truth.  It is a place to stand.  No one can make you responsible, nor can you impose responsibility on another.  It is a grace you give yourself – an empowering context that leaves you with a say in the matter of life.”

-Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard at an Academic Conference in 2008

Werner Erhard at an Academic Conference in 2008