“It is impossible to recognize a wrong way without knowing the right way. This means that it is no use troubling oneself how to recognize a wrong way. One must think of how to find the right way.”
P.D. Ouspensky, In Search of The Miraculous, Chapter 10. He is quoting Gurdjieff.
Guedjieff is using his own peculiar definition of “way” but the principle is broadly applicable. You’ll swallow any old bullshit if you don’t know what’s what.
Side note: Ouspensky and Gurdjieff led me to a deep appreciation for the esoteric wisdom of the New Testament. Chuck C. helped too.
That was a 180 from my previous hostility to all things Christian. Tom introduced me to the Fourth Way, for which I am grateful. He helped open a closed mind. (Mine).
I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a book titled Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson? 😀
It’s probably time to revisit the books written by those two old friends. And the Carpenter.
Yet further aside. It looks like there is a spat among Fourth Way True Believers.
I think my original reading of All and Everything was from the original edition from 1950. Revisionists published an “improved” and “clarified” version in 1992. “We know what Gurdjieff meant to say!”
Hilarity, of course, ensues. This fight pretty much misses the point of why we are doing all of this work.
I ordered a cheap second-hand set from eBay. The original translation–not the 1992 revision.