His Father Commandments
My father had a very simple, clear and quite definite view on the
aim of human life. He told me many times in my youth that the fundamental striving of
every man should be to create for himself an inner freedom towards life and to prepare for
himself a happy old age. He considered that the indispensability and imperative necessity
of this aim in life was so obvious that it ought to be understandable to everyone without
any wiseacring. But a man could attain this aim only if, from childhood up to the age of
eighteen, he had acquired data for the unwavering fulfilment of the following four
First - To love one's parents.
Second - To remain chaste.
Third - To be outwardly courteous to all without
distinction', whether they be rich or poor, friends or enemies, power-possessors or
slaves, and to whatever religion they may belong, but inwardly to remain free and never to
put much trust in anyone or anything.
Fourth - To love work for work's sake and not for its gain.
G.I.Gurdjieff, «Meetings with Remarkable Men»