This is written for all interested persons reading this
I am not interested in discussing what 'point' I am
trying to make.
Readers are invited to see for themselves.
It appears that words mattered to Werner Erhard.
What follows is mere speculation on Corboy's part.
A citizens right in the open society of the USA.
Here is report describing Werner Erhard's private office
and the books he kept on hand -- written by someone who
worked at Franklin House, WE's residence in San Francisco
in the 1970s.
For full description read here.
"“When I read the printed material he gave me, I was stunned: it contained simple Dale Carnegie techniques. To me such pop culture was hardly worth the paper. But when I realized how much these superficial tips fit Werner’s actual behavior, I had to admit these tools were a clear contrivance of his and his trainers. I felt disheartened and disappointed.
“One day Landon (the faithful valet — note first paragraph - Corboy) gave me permission to locate and catalogue books on the second and third floors. I was curious to see what books might be in the upper, even more private levels of this house.
“When I reached the attic room that was Werner’s personal office, I became uneasy. Just entering such a sacrosanct place by myself was unnerving. It was all white: the shag carpet, the painted walls and attic beams, the furniture. The highest turret windows were hung with white curtains. On shelves in that room were videotapes of Werner’s public speeches for his viewing and refining---narcissistic enough. But it was the collection of specialized dictionaries that caught my attention. In a white bookcase on a sidewall were dictionaries of all types: military, medical, law, rhetoric, science, philosophy, psychology, shelves of them.
“Werner’s fixation with the exact meaning of words and the precise delivery of his own speeches showed me the mechanics of a mastermind. I saw the emperor revealed, and he had no clothes. Werner Erhard was a fabricated illusion."
“Quoted excerpts from Getting It” by Kate Farrell pp 233-238
From "Times They Were a-Changing: Women Remember the '60s & '70s'"
edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers & Amber Lea Starfire 2013"
(Note) In a discussion of Werner Erhardian jargon, Corboy dares
speculate whether the response "this matters to you" is a standand
reply to anyone who maintains a stance that the Erhardian
For persons who are reading this thread and who are willing to
open links and read what is contained in them:
A discussion of *some* of the Werner Erhardarian jargon and the violations
of grammar in many of these phrases.
"take a stand"
In Erhardian usage, "take a stand" does not mean quite what it
means in conventional, non Erhardian usage.
Most of us equate 'taking a stand' with being firm about something.
But in Erhard world, one encounters this: "To take a stand that you are cause in the matter contrasts with it being your fault, or that you failed, or that you are to blame, or even that you did it."
Huh? This entire sentence is confusion inducing.
Werner World is full of these language constructions.
Let us examine just a tiny part of the sentence
-- the beginning.
"Take a stand that you are cause in the matter"
"You are cause" is a grammatical violation. It omits an
article (a, the,an). Articles are used with nouns
to indicate relationships with other nouns.
The word "cause" means having an effect. "Cause is
one of the most complex words in the English language.
It is often necessary use articles so that the
relationship between "you" and "cause" can be traced.
The situation is left unspecified.
(definition of articles here)
"In integrity", II for short.
Here are a variety of searches for II.
Grammatically, 'in' is a preposition. Prepositions indicate time
But...integrity is *not* something one can walk into. One
cannot stand on top of integrity. One cannot live inside
integrity as one does in a room.
That is another Erhardian catchphrase that makes most
of us go "Huh?"
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Prepositions "On," "At," and "In"
A preposition is a word that links a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to some other part of the sentence
"in integrity' -- this makes it seem one can get inside of integrity
as though it is a place, a location.
And "in integrity" is an example of alliteration, placing similar
sounding words together, which gives a smooth forward flow
to a sentence. This enhances impact of a grammatically
incorrect catch phrase.
'Already Always Listening'
(Let us shorten it to AAL)
Here are three Google searches on AAL with different search terms
"AAL" is a phrase likely to induce confusion.
It contains a grammatical violation. Two adverbs, one right after the other.
Some alliteration as well, (see the 'A''A' pattern). This would
give forward momentum to the catch phrase, further heightening
impact of the grammatical violation.
For more, read here: