October 4th, 2006


R.A. Wilson Fundraiser

93, all!

I don't subject you folks to fundraising appeals, even for good causes. Hell, I don't even push my own books here. But this appeal is different. True, you've probably seen this a bazillion times on your friends list by now (and you woulda seen it here before now had I been sure it was legit), but for whatever it's worth I'm adding my voice.

St. Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of the Illuminatus! trilogy, author of Cosmic Trigger and the wonderful novel Masks of the Illuminati and, hey, more fine works than we have time to mention (but if you haven't read his books, you should, and I personally have to add The Historical Illuminatus, and hope to heaven someone actually publishes its unpublished volume!) -- yes, the breathtaking and hysterically funny and surpassingly wise Robert Anton Wilson, is currently finishing his stay on this planet....

And will run out of rent money after this month.

The man would like to die at home, with some dignity. If you would like to help him out with a few smackers, instructions are here:


Thanks to like everybody for the heads-up, and to frater_pfdv for the confirmation from Wilson's own homepage.

93 93/93 -- AJ

P.S. If you've ever said "Fnord," or "Hail Eris!," or considered yourself Discordian, or for that matter a Thelemite!, all of the above goes quintuple. A lot of us have this stuff because RAW put it out there so well. :)

"for they say: Come and see"

[In the course of an unrelated discussion, the question arose of a necessary antagonism between Thelema and Christianity (from the Thelemite's side). I don't believe that, have Christian friends, don't proselytize, etc.; and besides, I felt this raised a deeper issue about what "spiritual attainment" means, in whatever system (for those of us who believe in sich a animule). :) ]


Seems to me, speaking as one of the most fanatical fundie Thelemites on your list (and, okay, on planet earth), that there's a difference between fundie Thelema and a sort of narrow, my-way-is-the-only-way -- I almost wanna say "P.C." Thelema. A fundie Thelemite would prolly recall citations like,

"Liber Porta Lucis" (particularly verse 19)
"Liber Tzaddi" (esp. v. 33-44)
and (though these I won't discuss) the whole of CCXX -- e.g., not omitting I:2-3, 50, 56; II:58, etc., etc.

It's not that the Thelemite is wrong who says that Thelema is a religion, or isn't a religion, or is the only true religion, or supplants all religion, or sees the divine in all systems, or sees the error in all systems, or is here to save the world, or is here to save people from insane delusions about saving the world, or 325 other formulations we're used to hearing. It's just that in each case, the way the Thelemic elephant looks depends on which blind man you happen to be.

Until, that is, you aren't blind at all any more...at which point you can see how correct all the foregoing conclusions happen to be: each in its own place, at its own time. "Liber Ararita" makes this explicit (V:3; see V:0-5):

For he abode in his place, and his falsehood was truth in his place.

That's as fundie Thelema as you get. Amen, and Amen without Lie.

I have helped a number of nominal Christians actually meet the God they were seeking. That sort of thing is less likely to happen, IMO, while we're still in that place where Thelema is the single path we personally walk at a given moment, rather than an attempt to comprehend* all paths.

93 93/93 -- AJ

* Precisely-chosen word alert. ;)