The Spiritual Hunger of the Modern Child
“Begin from Afar – Gurdjieff’s Approach to the Child” By J. G. Bennett
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND THE SCIENCES, LTD.
“Tonight I am going to speak to you about a specialized theme: that is; what I myself have observed and heard, and what I have read about Gurdjieff’s advice and practice in dealing with children. I say this is a restricted theme because Gurdjieff was concerned with the whole of man and certainly more especially with the problems that we have to face in our adult life from the fact that our childhood did not proceed as it should have proceeded in accordance with the real needs of human nature. He almost invariably spoke of education, as we know it, as something almost entirely harmful to the essential nature of the child and as resulting in an artificial being who has lost touch with his real self. Therefore the problem that we meet in our adult age is to rediscover the real self and repair the damage that has been done to us by a faulty education.”