TagGurdjieff

Not to Die Like a Dog

It was Gurdjieff who said that one of our aims should be to not die like a dog. Let’s unwind this one. How does a dog live? Dogs have no self respect. This is both endearing, but also quite sad. Give a dog a bone and it is happy. Chastise it for pissing on your new authentic Armenian carpet with secret knowledge embedded in its patterns, and it will skulk in a corner. Although, maybe your dog...

Why?

Do you ever question why you read this kind of thing? What is it that drives you to leave the comfort of endless distractions to contemplate hard reality? So let’s state our predicament as briefly as possible. The great thinkers of ages (Buddha, Spinoza, Schopenhauer) all claim we are desire. We do not desire; we are desire. Spinoza says the essence of man is desire. Schopenhauer says our...

Pulling Legs off Spiders

You should always be suspicious of anyone portraying themselves as a paragon of virtue. We all like to be seen as kind, considerate, generous, polite, helpful, and so on, but we know what we really are – self-seeking beasts who will use any amount of deception to get what we want. Of course, we judge our beast since society needs us to be well-behaved, passive recipients of whatever the...

What are you Protecting?

I’ve had quite a lot of experience running groups and seminars (business related), and being part of a group. In such a setting people invariably become very defensive, and typically unwilling to share experiences or contribute ideas. It’s like they are still at school with a teacher that humiliates anyone who gets the answers to teacher’s questions wrong. Such humiliation is clearly diminishing...

The Task

A free podcast on this article can be found on the Patreon channel. We tend to forget that experience depends on a perceiving subject and objects that can be perceived. During the waking hours we have experiences, but when the brain largely shuts down at night the subject and perceived objects disappear and we experience very little. The subject, the thing that experiences, is a product of the...

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There is nothing wrong with a world that cannot offer any sort of satisfaction, and we can only experience satisfaction once we realize there is no satisfaction to be had - anywhere.

Does life seem hollow and futile? Well of course it is. How could the impermanent be anything else?

men are by nature envious, that is, they rejoice at the weakness of their fellows and are pained at their accomplishments. #Spinoza

everyone is eager to tell of his exploits and to boast of his strength both of body and mind, and for this reason men bore one another #Spinoza

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