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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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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. #aristotle

There are just two conditions under which we can be happy - before we even suspect our own nothingness, and after we have stared it in the face enough that we are no longer intimidated. Any position between these two is a cause of great unhappiness and anxiety.

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