Tuesday, September 02, 2003

FEAR: The New Slavery

"The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear."

- G. Gurdjieff

[aside: The pig-looking Rush Limbaugh, when confronted by the news that The Bush Administration has grown the biggest government in history, diverts and says..."and the Liberals are upset! And they wanted it!"
I don't know whether to say "thanks", or say "I knew you were lying..."]

"Death is not evil. Evil is mechanical."

- D.H. Lawrence

"'Progress' and 'Civilization', in the real meaning of these words, can appear only as a result of conscious efforts.
They cannot appear as the result of unconscious mechanical actions."
- G. Gurdjieff

"Imagine that we are sitting here talking of religions and that the maid Masha hears our conversation. She, of course, understands it in her own way and she repeats what she has understood to the porter Ivan. The porter Ivan again understands it in his own way and he repeats what he has understood to the coachman Peter next door. The coachman Peter goes to the country and recounts in the village what the gentry talk about in town. Do you think that what he recounts will at all resemble what we said? This is precisely the relation between existing religions and that which was their basis. You get teachings, traditions, prayers, rites, not at fifth but at twenty-fifth hand, and, of course, almost everything has been distorted beyond recognition and everything essential forgotten long ago."
- G. Gurdjieff