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Bennett talks on a meaning and purpose of life that transcends the solar system itself. A new way of looking at life based on Gurdjieff’s teachings. This talk was delivered on 23 November 1973, at Caxton Hall in London, to an audience of about 600 people. At the time of the talk, Bennett was Director of the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne House, Gloucestershire, where the third basic course had been under way for about 7 weeks. Bennett’s book by the same name had recently been published and the lecture served the dual purpose of publicizing both his book and the Academy.
In the hall, Bennett sat on a chair on the stage without a table or podium, with a small tape recorder and water on a stool in front of him. Behind him on the wall was an enormous painting by Gerald Wilde, which included the words “IS THERE “LIFE” ON EARTH?”. One of the questions at the end of the talk concerns this painting. Following his usual practice, Bennett spoke without notes, props or prompts, and sat in silence for almost five minutes before the audience before beginning to speak.
The talk was recorded on fairly rudimentary equipment and although Bennett’s voice is clear throughout, most of the questions are inaudible, and although Bennett undertakes to repeat them for the benefit of the tape, he forgot to do so after the first two, but his answers are self-sufficient.