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I’m getting old now, but I’m still as interested as ever in understanding myself and the world around me. I started out in theoretical physics, with my Ph.D. studies focused on Einstein’s general relativity. A proper job was never going to work for me so I started my own business analyzing information technology and selling the reports to large corporations. It was very successful and allowed me to retire in my early fifties.

I’d come across Gurdjieff in my early twenties and was fortunate enough to meet Rina Hands, a lady who had worked with Gurdjieff. I learned a great deal with Rina, and after she died I found other teachers in both the Gurdjieff and zen traditions. These days I row my own boat and have become particularly interested in western philosophy, which holds much more than many people suspect.

The central themes of my writing and podcasts are our reluctance to see reality, our eagerness to load ourselves up with ideology, morality, beliefs and whatever else serves to fill the gap we find when we look within. It’s all very damaging, and so the deconstruction of these “assets” is the first port of call. Only when we shed the garbage piled upon us by parents, teachers, peers, and society at large can we become real.

I’m aware that this will not be of interest to most people, busily filling their inner emptiness with anything they can lay their hands on. The thought of stripping it way would not appeal. Anyway, I hope there is something here that is of interest.

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There are no happy endings. If you can accept this you are one step nearer to an unbearable freedom.

The rantings of atheists and scientists are often more revoltingly sickly sweet than those of religious types. All they’ve done is replace God with nature, and they try so hard to convince themselves and us how beautiful and glorious the world is; when in truth it’s a nightmare.

My aversion to effort becomes an almost writhing horror before all forms of violent effort. War, energetic and productive labour, helping others – all this strikes me as the product of an impertinence ….. Pessoa

There is something very unsatisfying associated with buying into temporarily happy states, a kind of dumb stupidity permissible in dogs and monkeys, but not human beings.

It’s such a mistake to try and lift ourselves out of misery. Misery is our ground state and we should savor it. Attempts to do away with misery will only result in temporary happiness, an unstable state that requires constant effort to maintain.

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