April 20th, 2005

AC Pensive

Of "true religion" :D

[N.B. This was prompted by a conversation IRL, not anything posted by anybody online, here or elsewhere. That said, if anyone online finds it helpful, thass okay too. :) ]

Sol in Taurus, Luna in Virgo, Dies Mercurii
1 Taurus CI / 20 April 2005 EV


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

As history so bloodily records, from time to time some religious folks declare war on the spirituality of others -- either from fanatical attempts at spiritual monopoly, or from fear of losing their own influence (or both, I suppose). Numerous absolutist sects, large and small and in many different faiths, are making some such gestures these days, all over the world...and while I am not so foolish as to underestimate the potential dangers to humanity, I am quite certain that ignorance is not lessened by displays of bigotry, nor malice decreased by malice. Our forbears in Thelema left the following words (among many others) to guide us in such matters.

From "Liber Librae"*:

"In true religion there is no sect, therefore take heed that thou blaspheme not the name by which another knoweth his God [...]"

From "Liber Porta Lucis"**:

"[T]he religions of the world are but symbols and veils of the Absolute Truth.[...]

"The many change and pass; the one remains. Even as wood and coal and iron burn up together in one great flame, if only that furnace be of transcendent heat; so in the alembic of this spiritual alchemy, if only the zelator blow sufficiently upon his furnace all the systems of earth are consumed in the One Knowledge."

I do not disdain the spiritual yearnings of any man or woman on earth. For whatever it's worth, I urge such respect upon all others, in the strongest possible terms.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours in Love and Freedom, THETA

* A Golden Dawn text adapted from several sources, not least the Christian Bible, and adopted by Aleister Crowley for his own Inner Order.
** An Inner Order document written by Crowley.

LJ Dharma [TM]

93, all!

Okay...this is complicated. There follows an indirect ragbag of a post, on which I prolly won't wish to expand further (though, you know me, I'm always willing if I gotta). Nobody asked me to post this; I'm doing it me ownself (hence, thankfully, have only myself to blame).

A lurker friend of mine asks whether I recently posted elsewhere under another name, and whether he could see copies of my (nonexistent) "locked posts" in a current controversy. For the record, and on my honor:

(1) I use only this LJ account, and never post under any other name (including "anonymous") on LJ*, period; and
(2) While I understand why people use filters on their pages, I have never done so, and don't intend to start: everything I post here is visible for all to see. Oh, and finally,
(3) I tend to avoid other people's controversies, and am not tryna get involved** in one now.

Okay? Okay.

All human communication has both rational and emotional aspects, in varying degrees. As a general thing, the heavier the emotional content of an issue, the greater the tendency for the communication itself to go to hell...one reason it's usually fairly pointless to argue, say, religion or politics. I, personally, post here about religion (all the time) and politics (occasionally), but I think it's usually a mistake to argue about them -- if only because, as Crowley (there's that name again!) noted, there's no right or wrong in matters of opinion. Factual issues can (at least theoretically) be resolved; emotional ones?, novogganway.

Of course, people often reveal themselves the most during emotional arguments. If somebody displays contempt for you during an emotional argument, it was always there...they just finally let it show. Sometimes, that's how the universe lets you know who your actual friends are. As my last post should have indicated, I have an irrational prejudice in favor of people displaying respect even for their enemies, let alone friends; and (for that matter) a corresponding irrational loathing for bullies (i.e., those who pick on someone not their own size). But, hey, that's just me, and I am a great believer that people tend to work things out without my interference.

OTOH, I try never to forget the awesome power of apology. If I intend to frost someone's hinder (as I very rarely do), that's one thing; if I don't intend to, or even didn't intend to so much as I have, I turn to one of my favorite spells: a heartfelt "I'm so sorry." Y'know, just like every other grown-up on earth does.

Finally -- and this is the hardest part -- it is always disappointing to have to revise one's estimation of somebody downward: to have liked and admired somebody, friend or stranger, and then have those feelings diminished. But that's reality, too, right?...a preference for which (so I flatter myself!) is my greatest irrational prejudice of all. :)

93 93/93 -- AJ

* In fact, other than a few posts as "Jonathan" some eight years ago, "A.J. Rose" is the only way I ever post anyplace. Reduces online complications, believe me.
** Well...maybe a little. I still have that reflexive Sixties thing about trying to compose disputes among people I respect, when possible. Sad, isn't it? :(