Some men believe that if they work hard their diligence will produce happiness in the future. But how can this be? No one in human history has ever been happy in the future.
Another word for dying: waiting. Waiting is zombie consciousness. We wait for death.
More even than flattery, which he called “ass-licking,” Gurdjieff disdained waiting. Of a man who wanted food, “He is waiting for a roast pigeon to fly into his mouth.”
He withers who waits. We are cause, not effect. Waiting has this backwards.
“Let’s think about it first.” Where would be the profit in that? Until we’ve done something, we’ve got nothing to think about.