A mailman was delivering his mail during the Christmas season. At one house the door was opened by a beautiful woman wearing a sheer negligee.
“Would you like to come in?” cooed the woman.
“Sure,” replied the startled mailman.
She led him up to her bedroom and made love to him. When they were finished she got up and handed the man a dollar. “Why the dollar?” asked the puzzled mailman. “Well,” replied the woman, “when I asked my husband what to give the mailman for Christmas he said “Just give him a buck and fuck him!”
The third question:
Gurdjieff talks about three aspects of being: essence, false personality and true personality – false personality being a false, conditioned vehicle for our real essence, and true personality being that which can be developed and conveys and protects our real self.
Primitive peoples live in the essence state like animals. They are beautiful but not enlightened. If enlightenment is natural and our birthright, why are not the primitive peoples enlightened, or are they?
I hear you tell us to accept the animal that we are, return to essence. I have read Gurdjieff saying you must become your true self – the master. He said beware of being swallowed by the animal. Give it some cigarettes or ice cream and it will be calmed.
What is true personality and what is its relationship to essence?
There is no true personality. Personality as such is false. The word personality has to be understood. It comes from persona. Persona means a mask. In ancient Greek drama the actors used to wear masks; those masks were called persona – persona because the sound was coming from behind the mask. Sona means sound. The masks were apparent to the audience and from behind the mask the sound was coming. From that word persona has come the word personality.
All personality is false. Good personality, bad personality, the personality of a sinner and the personality of a saint – all are false. You can wear a beautiful mask or an ugly mask, it doesn’t make any difference.
The real thing is your essence. But the question is relevant. If essence is the real thing, as I say, then: “Primitive peoples live in the essence state just like animals. They are beautiful but not enlightened.”
It is true – they cannot be enlightened. For them to become enlightened, first they will have to create a personality. Enlightenment is dropping of the personality; they don’t have any personality to drop. You will feel a little puzzled: Why can’t one become enlightened when one has no personality?