One creates from nothing. If you try to create from something you’re just changing something. So in order to create something you first have to be able to create nothing. Werner Erhard

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  1. Barb Estinson says:

    Martha’s picture depicts nothing very well ….. that is, unless you notice the dirt, the fence posts, the hills, the sky, the clouds ….. maybe that is the point. Is there such a thing as nothing?

  2. Jesse says:

    Hmm yes that seems a little strange, considering that there seems to be something rather than nothing, how could one ever start with or create nothing to create something? I am confused, but great pic 🙂

  3. Di Anne Lewis says:

    How familiar are you with Werner Erhard? His quote validates my take on his “est training” of the early 70’s when I lived in Los Angeles – – – so many were into it, and I just remember that it sounded like so much BS not to mention sounding like a Godawful way to want to spend a day and/or weekend let alone put out good money for!!!

    And here’s a little more re the esteemed Werner Erhard:
    The validity of Erhard’s work and his motivations have been met with mixed reviews. Psychiatrist Marc Galanter described Erhard as “a man with no formal experience in mental health, self help, or religious revivalism, but a background in retail sales.”[70] Michael Zimmerman, Philosophy Professor at Tulane University, described Erhard as “a kind of artist, a thinker, an inventor, who has big debts to others, borrowed from others, but then put the whole thing together in a way that no one else had ever done.”[71] Philosophy professor Robert Todd Carroll referred to est as a “hodge-podge of philosophical bits and pieces culled from the carcasses of existential philosophy, motivational psychology.”[72] Social critic John Bassett MacCleary called Erhard “a former used-car salesman” and est “just another moneymaking scam.”[73] NYU psychology professor Paul Vitz noted that est “was primarily a business” and that its “style of operation has been labeled as fascist.”[74]
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  4. Di Anne Lewis says:

    Nope – – – no nerve endings – – – just old ’70’s LA memories including a guy I dated who was really, really into this BS – – – he even had a cat he adored – – – I remember thinking that he was sweet but kinda weird – – – his cat or his est thing – – – whatever – – – oy, too long ago!

    • Di Anne Lewis says:

      Sandy: you’re gonna be so very, very sorry you ever introduced me to knowing how to reply to your blogs!! With that said I’ll say that 1/17 photo resonated more than you know having just read EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON and THE WORST HARD TIME – – –

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