Essays

Limitation

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Since this space is supposed to consist of my thoughts about the Work and how it might be applied to life, I find myself already feeling limited by it. To my way of thinking this is anti-Fourth Way. It seems to me that limiting one’s knowledge is something that needs to be considered seriously. As an example, I don’t use crack cocaine. I’ve limited myself by making a choice not to use mind-altering chemicals in the pursuit of my aim, and this limits knowledge that I could acquire through direct experience. Based on what I have been able to observe about cocaine and its effects on human beings, the choice seems like a wise one. I don’t have to throw myself off a ten-story building to know that it’s not a good idea.

On the other hand, limiting the flow of water can increase its pressure and power, and can be used to do work. My point is that limitation and restriction can be useful. This is very much consistent with the core teaching of the Fourth Way and all other valid esoteric systems of development I’ve discovered. Because everything is connected to everything else, it’s important to have understanding. Understanding could be called “the force that enables us to connect one thing to another in proper relationship.” If we could understand how everything is connected to everything else, we might be able to choose more effectively than we do now.

Recently someone in Japan sent me the URL (http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/) for a movie called Zeitgeist, which I viewed a few days later. Much of the material presented in the film was familiar to me due to my personal studies over the past forty years. It was fascinating to have so many years of research and study condensed into a compact audio/visual format. Most people who watch the film will, unfortunately, either believe or disbelieve what’s presented in it, the same way they have believed or disbelieved everything else presented to them in life – mechanically, based on their predispositions and conditioning. The Work says that our condition is such that we would rather be told what to think, than make the effort to learn how to think for ourselves. It’s difficult to direct our attention and even more difficult to go against our cherished belief systems. But this is exactly what we need to do to practice the principles that could liberate us from our self-inflicted prison of ignorance. The majority of people can never free themselves, according the Fourth Way. But some individuals can.

Some people who read this will go to the URL and somehow view the film. Many will be shocked and dismayed. Others will be justified, and still others will be complacent. Very few will actually read the works cited to understand for themselves how it may all fit together. This is the problem with Men numbers one, two and three. We are asleep, yet we are convinced we are awake. This powerful illusion, the hypnotism of life, holds sway over the vast number of humans inhabiting earth. Long after the film has come and gone the hypnotism of life will continue its overwhelming effect on our species. Life’s purpose will continue to be served, which will make it possible for only a few to escape this prison.

The only question that really matters is not whether or not the film presents truth. The question is: what will you actually do about it? You, yourself. My experience has taught me the vast majority will do nothing about it. But a few will. And perhaps we will be able to work together for a time.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting that probably means you.