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George Gurdjieff Quotes

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‘Buffer’ is a term which requires special explanation…. [O]n railway carriages they are the contrivances which lessen the shock when carriages or trucks strike one another. If there were no buffers the shock of one carriage against another would be very unpleasant and dangerous. Buffers soften the results of these shocks and render them unnoticeable and imperceptible. Exactly the same appliances are to be found within man. They are created, not by nature but by man himself, although involuntarily. The cause of their appearance is the existence in man of many contradictions; contradictions of opinions, feelings, sympathies, words, and actions. If a man throughout the whole of his life were to feel all the contradictions that are within him he could not live and act as calmly as he lives and acts now. He would have constant friction, constant unrest. We fail to see how contradictory and hostile the different ‘I’s of our personality are to one another. If a man were to feel all these contradictions he would feel what he really is. He would feel that he is mad. ~ George Gurdjieff Quotes

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