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"Everything Happens" - G.I. Gurdjieff

a truth no one wants to hear or believe

Man is a machine. All his deeds, actions, words, thoughts, feelings, convictions, opinions, and habits are the results of external influences, external impressions. Out of himself a man cant produce a single action. Everything he says, does, thinks, feels - all this happens. Man cannot discover anything, invent anything. It all happens.
To establish this fact for oneself, to understand it, to be convinced of its truth, means getting rid of a thousand illusions about man, about his being creative, and being consciously organizing his own life and so on. There is nothing of this kind. Everything happens - popular movements, wars, revolutions, changes of government, all this happens. And it happens in the exactly same way as everything happens in the life of the individual man.
Man is born, lives, dies, builds houses, writes books, not as he wants to but as it happens. Everything happens. Man does not love, hate, desire - all this happens. But no one will ever believe you if you tell him he can do nothing. This is the most offensive and the most unpleasant thing you can tell people. IT IS PARTICULARLY UNPLEASANT AND OFFENSIVE BECAUSE IT IS THE TRUTH AND NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR THE TRUTH.
It is one thing to understand w/ the mind and another thing to feel it w/ one's whole mass, to be really convinced that it is so and never forget it. (G.I. Gurdjieff, as recorded by P. D. Ouspensky)


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