Friday, May 24, 2019

Sense and

Significance

What is the sense and significance of life
on Earth, and human life in particular? *

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.


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:
     ■ 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:
     ■ Growth
     ■ 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.

  • We were created to be a bridge for spiritualizing life on earth.
  • The earth needs the energies that only man can provide.
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.

  • So we are confronted with this paradox: the eventual goal of all those evolutionary processes cannot be the creation of life because life kills the universe.
  • This forces us to see life and consciousness as interdependent partners with opposing purposes and our presence as the reconciling ground for the two opposing principles.
Time and Initiative

Creation is enacted by a unique alteration in the two prime laws, especially in the law of process.

  • Before creation, they operate on a closed and isolated system. The hermetically sealed design Gurdjieff calls “Autoegocrat”.
  • The redesigned system (“Trogoautoegocrat”) is governed by laws of interdependence, reciprocity, and exchange.
  • Since the motive for redesign … is to counteract entropic effects of anarchical time, the world leaps into being for the sake of coping with the Heropass, Time, the Destroyer.
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?

Sense and Significance

Gurdjieff's question

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:     ■ Gurdjieff's...

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What is Life?

What is Life? One way to define life rigorously is in terms of specific, enumerated traits., which are as follows:     ■ Growth     ■ 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

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Transformers and/or Food

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...

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Gurdjieff's Creation Story

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...

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Time and Initiative

Time and Initiative Creation is enacted by a unique alteration in the two prime laws, especially in the law of process. Before creation, they operate on a closed and isolated system. The hermetically sealed design Gurdjieff calls “Autoegocrat”. The redesigned system (“Trogoautoegocrat”) is governed by laws of interdependence, reciprocity, and...

Read more

Unconscious vs. Conscious Procreation

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...

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