Gurdjieff's question (aka the meaning of life) has a large number of proposed answers from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds, and has produced much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history (to no avail).
|Gurdjieff's lifelong question|
Gurdjieff never gave aanswer to that simple question!
Gurdjieff's defenders typically claim that Gurdjieff's question is not a simple question, and claim that Beelzebub's Tales provides Gurdjieff's answer to this non-simple question.
This assumes that:
■ Gurdjieff's question is not a simple question.
■ A simple answer does not exist.
What if both asumptions are incorrect?
■ And it is a simple question.
■ With a simple answer.
|What is Life?|
One way to define life rigorously is in terms of specific, enumerated traits., which are as follows:
■ Feeding and metabolism
■ Motility (physical movement)
■ Responsiveness to environmental stimuli
■ Reproduction with adaptation.
Reproduction is probably the most frequently cited
"essential" defining characteristic of living systems.
– Robert Freitas, Xenology, chapter 6.2.1
|Transformers and/or Food|
Like all organic life on Earth, human beings are apparatuses for transforming energies which are required for some other purpose. However, as a more complicated type of transforming apparatus than plants or animals, human beings possess some choice regarding how to supply the energies required by their existence.
They can transform energy consciously or unconsciously, in greater or lesser quantities, and of varying qualities, thereby influencing the purpose and outcome of their deaths.
Humans are a dynamo for transforming energies.
|Gurdjieff's Creation Story|
Each organism constitutes a thermodynamic system and its survival depends on keeping one's own entropy lower than that of the environment — each organism feeds on negative entropy and excretes positive entropy.
No organism can be beneficial for the environment by its survival. Vegetation on Earth is exceptional because its openness to the sun helps the Earth. Still, in a larger scale, our sun is constantly dissipating its energy through its radiation, thereby increasing the entropy of the entire universe.
Exactly at this point, we must remember a grim fact about living organisms that I mentioned earlier: no organism can be beneficial for the universe by its survival.
|Time and Initiative|
Creation is enacted by a unique alteration in the two prime laws, especially in the law of process.
|Unconscious vs. Conscious Procreation|
Unconscious procreation — a noun phrase that is virtually unused in the English language. (see: Google search) It is probably by definition a (redundant phase).
Why is there no distinction made or no alternative word (or phrase) available to differentiate the process of procreating by the only conscious living being (Man) as opposed to all other forms of (non-conscious / unconscious / instinctive) living organisms?