What is the sense and significance of life on earth, and human life in particular?

This was George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff's question. At an early age he had realized a high degree of being. Experiencing the mindless mechanicality of man, the wars, the destruction, the misery, the question arose in him: Why is there life on earth, what purpose does it serve, if any? Gurdjieff studied orthodox religion and science but their answers didn't satisfy him. He came to intuit that the wisdom societies of ancient civilizations held the key to man's true identity and purpose. Humanity, he recognized, was in dire need of this knowledge, for humanity had entered a crucial period in its development."Unless the wisdom of the East and the energy of the West," he said, "could be harnessed and used harmoniously, the world would be destroyed."

Intention or Relativity of Good and Evil

— Have I died already? — asked a human being.

— Yes, — the Demiurge nodded, not taking his eyes away from a thick, impressive book.

— And what now? — A human being uncertainly steps from one foot to another.

— Demiurge casts him a fast glance and returns attention to his book.

— Now you need to go there, — he points his finger to a small inconspicuous door. — Or there — His finger points to another, similar door.

— And what is there?

— Hell, — answered the Demiurge.

University of Angels

One day Angel came to God:

— Father, I have a problem.

— What is it, my Angel? — God smiled invitingly. 

— Forgive me Creator, I have hard time performing my duties, as it is getting more and more difficult for me to understand people ... At times it seems to me that pretty soon they will start to irritate me! I am not sure what to do, as I am supposed to manifest angel's patience! 

— What irritates you in people?