The Commanding Self

That the Structural Elite collude with the weak and the greedy to manipulate events across the Middle East is not in doubt but they sow seeds of division and destruction across the region within fertile ground, by exploiting Arab and Israeli psyches.

The Lesson by John Bell
“Half claim the vocation of a leader, a quarter believe they are prophets, and at least ten percent take themselves for gods,” former Syrian President Shukri Al Qawatli, speaking about the Syrian people in 1958.

Western egos, in this age of celebrity and the reverence afforded to authority and "experts", are no less damaging but help to fuel division and conflict all round.

Before we confidently excoriate others for their attitudes and behaviour, we need to look to ourselves because we are the authors of our own collective destiny. Our ignorance, consent, compliance and willing participation are the power of the current abusive and destructive political economy.

THE SEARCH of P. D. Ouspensky in Europe, in Egypt and the Orient for a teaching which would solve for him the problems of Man and the Universe, brought him in 1915 to his meeting in St Petersburg with Georges Gurdjieff.  (It is Gurdjieff who is referred to, throughout the text of this book, as G) In Search of the Miraculous:
Fragments of an Unknown Teaching is the record of Ouspensky's eight years of work as Gurdjieff's pupil.

Only by challenging and changing ourselves can we change the world and the human experience. Incentives, penalties and conditioning have brought us to where we are. Understanding the process will help us shed the shackles which bind us and remove the scales that blind us. If we learn, we can change the world.

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