Editors' note: Abdullah said this painting shows that pride can have both negative and positive aspects.
The lower part of the picture shows pride on a negative level but the top half shows the three forces
operating. The negative aspects of pride are closely tied in with vanity and self-conceit; Gurdjieff usually
referred to the three together. Racial pride is ignorance. Spiritual pride is the worst sort. It arises from
ego when a person thinks he is very evolved or has special gifts. Pride can have a positive aspect as in
pride of workmanship or pride in a job well done. For pride to be positive, in the sense of dignity, there
would have to be three forces operating, whereas vanity is one-brained.