Werner Erhard on est

The real point to the est Training was to go down through layer after layer after layer after layer, until you got to the last layer and peeled it off, where the recognition was that it’s really all meaningless and empty. That’s Existentialism’s endpoint.

Est went a step further in that people began to recognize that it was not only meaningless and empty, but it was empty and meaningless that it was empty and meaningless. And in that there’s an enormous freedom. All the constrictions, all of the rules you’ve placed on yourself are gone, and what you’re left with is nothing. And nothing is an extraordinarily powerful place to stand, because it is only from nothing that you can create. And from this nothing people were able to invent a life allowing them to create themselves.

Werner Erhard


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