“There are periods in the life of humanity, which generally coincide with the
beginning of the fall of cultures and civilizations, when the masses irretrievably lose their reason and begin to destroy everything that has been created by centuries and millenniums of culture.
Such periods of mass madness, often coinciding with
geological cataclysms, climatic changes, and similar phenomena of a planetary
character, release a very great quantity of the matter of knowledge. This, in its turn,
necessitates the work of collecting this matter of knowledge which would otherwise
be lost. Thus the work of collecting scattered matter of knowledge frequently
coincides with the beginning of the destruction and fall of cultures and civilizations.”
“This aspect of the question is clear. The crowd neither wants nor seeks
knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its
fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives
is based upon this fear. It is even difficult to imagine all the horror of this slavery. We
do not understand what people are losing. But in order to understand the cause of this
slavery it is enough to see how people live, what constitutes the aim of their
existence, the object of their desires, passions, and aspirations, of what they think, of
what they talk, what they serve and what they worship.”
> G. I. GURDJIEFF <
The war to end all wars can only be fought on the front-lines of the mind.
The greatest deception they have perpetrated is that we need them. Our greatest mistake is that we believe them.