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Law of Accident

What happens or may happen to us, depends on three causes---accident, fate, or our own will.

One of Gurdjieff's major premises, is that man is a machine --- albeit a complex one --- but a machine with no one in charge. This machine goes in one direction one minute and another direction the next, subject to whatever external circumstances or stimuli are applied to him by life. Under the law of accident, man acts mechanically according to the external influences of race, nation, climate, family, education, society, profession, manners, custom, wealth, poverty, and so on. Life is like a great belt which turns the machinery of man. `Accident' is not meant to merely cover physical accidents, such as being shot or having a car accident. The real centre of gravity of Accident is that something happens to you that does not properly belong to you...

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