The essence does not change

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

“Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change. Man remains just the same. ‘Civilized’ and ‘cultured’ people live with exactly the same interests as the most ignorant savages. Modem civilisation is based on violence and slavery and fine words. But all these fine words about ‘progress’ and ‘civilisation’ are merely words.” (Ouspensky, P.D.; In Search of the Miraculous; Chapter Two; page 28.)

Becoming conscious

“What if all the world you think you know
Is an elaborate dream?”

Becoming conscious – what does that mean?
You wake up, take a shower, eat something, drink a coffee and go to work. You may have a family, friends, hobbies, issues and even some kind of purpose. Your life may not be perfect, but this is your life. You have your hopes and dreams, you have your fears, secret desires and you certainly have an idea about the world we live in. You may believe in God, in more than one God, or you may believe in science. Or maybe you do not believe in anything because definitively there is this option too on the table.
As I said, you wake up, eat, drink, work, have sex, sleep and repeat. What exactly is the purpose? What am I missing? Read more Becoming conscious