By Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
First sequence: Objectively neutral feedback of the lifetime of guy; or, Beelzebub's stories to his grandson. -- second sequence: conferences with striking males. -- third ser. existence is actual basically then, whilst "I am."
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And so, to avoid any misunderstanding on account of this property, which arises from data formed in the “presence” of contemporary man thanks to his frequenting the cinema and never missing an opportunity of looking into the left eye of persons of the other sex, I wish to have this opening chapter of mine printed in the said manner, so that everyone can read it through without cutting the pages of the book itself. Otherwise the bookseller will, as is said, “cavil,” and behave without fail according to the basic principle of all booksellers, formulated in the following words: “You are more a fool than a fisherman if you let go the fish that has swallowed the bait,” and will decline to take back a book whose pages have been cut.
I have no doubt that this would happen. Indeed, I fully expect such lack of conscience on the part of the booksellers. My certainty about this lack of conscience on the part of booksellers comes from data formed in me during the period when I was a professional “Indian fakir” and, in order to clarify a certain “ultraphilosophical” question, I had to become familiar with the associative process of the manifestation of the automatically constructed psyche in contemporary booksellers and their salesmen, when palming off books on their buyers.
But if notwithstanding this warning of mine you still wish to become acquainted with the rest of my expositions, there is nothing left for me but to wish you with all my “genuine soul” a very, very good “appetite,” and that you may “digest” everything you read, not only for your own health but for the health of all those near you. ” The point is that in this fashionable language the word for “soul” and the word for the bottom of the foot, also “sole,” are pronounced and even written almost alike.
Beelzebub's tales to his grandson : an objectively impartial criticism of the life of man by Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff