Unless the wisdom of the East and the energy of the West can be harnessed and used harmoniously, the world will be destroyed.
A day will come when the Eastern world will again rise to a position of world importance and become a threat to the momentarily all-powerful, all-influential new culture of the Western world, which is dominated by America --- a country that is very strong, to be sure, but also very young.
The time is very short: it is necessary to achieve this harmony as soon as possible to avoid complete disaster.
If enough individuals can develop themselves, even partially, into genuine, natural men, able to use the real potentialities that are proper to mankind, each such individual would then be able to convince and win over as many as a hundred other men, who would, each in his turn upon achieving development, be able to influence another hundred, and so on.
History has already proven to us that such tools as politics, religion, and any other organized movements which treat man in the mass and not as individual beings, are failures. They will always be failures and the separate, distinct growth of each individual in the world is the only possible solution.
There are equal chances for men and women in the Work.
G. I. Gurdjieff
early 20th century