The Teaching For Our Time

Weekly Saying of Substance
— G.I. Gurdjieff

G.I. Gurdjieff, Fourth Way, self-transformation ...having become persuaded by their own eyes that the possibility of losing their own existence depends, at the given moment, absolutely only on the number of beings of the enemy side not destroyed, then in consequence of the strengthened functioning in their imagination of the presence of the impulse called ‘cowardice,’ and on account of the impossibility of each moment of reasonable deliberation by their being-mentation, weakened already without this, they begin from a natural feeling of self-preservation to strive with all their Being to destroy as many as possible of the existences of the beings of the enemy side in order to have the greater chance of saving their own existence. And gradually progressing in this feeling of self-preservation of theirs, they then reach the state as they themselves say, of ‘bestiality.’ p. 527