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).
The Simple answer: Evolving from Unconscious Procreation to Conscious Procreation.
|A Parasitic System|
Excerpt: Parasitic System
Homeostatic Equilibrium: Cybernetics and the New World Order [LINK]
The phrases “this intelligence” and “that which orchestrates our perception of this reality” are used early and often throughout this post. There are no shortage of theories out there regarding who or what this entity is, so please insert your own views on this point whenever you see these phrases. My only intent is to acknowledge that whatever it is, it obviously exists.
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In other words it is the virus of civilization that is spreading across the Earth, perpetuating a chronic and otherwise unnatural state of dis-ease within the perception of the beings interacting with it.
To illustrate this point, take for example the theoretical life path of a being born amnesiatic within the confines of this system.
The being eventually obtains a cell phone and a computer, plugging itself into the electronic grid and further disconnecting it from the resonance of life.
More specifically, now take for example the daily routine of the being trapped within this system of civilization.
Obviously the preceding analysis could have gone on for much longer and included many more horrific details, however I think the point regarding the hidden in plain sight narrative has been sufficiently made.
How we got here is somewhat open to debate, however the situation humanity now finds itself in has become more obvious — a parasitic system that does everything it possibly can to distort the ability of its hosts to recognize truth.
In simplist terms, life is a system of biological machines consciously engineered to counteract entropy by generating negative entropy. Life in particular, and matter in general, are derivatives of consciousness, which is embeded in both. On earth, the intelligence of reciprocal maintenance has been coopted (for thousands of years) by various individuals and groups of individuals into what is now known as corporate globalism.
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|Gurdjieff's lifelong question|
Gurdjieff never gave a simple answer 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:
■ It's 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 pleonasm (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?