Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
Thank you for an interesting email! If there still is a trace of 'ad
hominem' to be perceived in this mailing, please correct me.
>I hate to break this to you, but the OTO is an organization of human
>beings. As is the nature of human beings, quite frequently they have the
>possibility of being naiive, ignorant, imperfect, corrupt, idiots, etc. A
>cursory glance (or more in-depth if you please) at _any_ organization of
>human beings will tend to also reflect that there are a wealth of "idiots"
>in upper level management positions, board rooms, offices of power, etc. as
>well. I challenge you to produce and bring to our collective attention an
>organization which does not contain a single idiot in its organizational
You are absolutely right in this perception! However: I don't actually think
an organisation would be succesful if morons or otherwise incapable people
wouldn't be removed from their positions in due time. Every org. has at
times a 'night of the long knives' for that reason. Also, when people are
appointed to a position in corporate life, they're interviewed beforehand,
do some psychological tests, things like that (I'm scouting technical
writers as we're speaking... BTW in sore need of native English speaking
people with the right skills to make manuals... anyone?) People do sometimes
get through the maze by deluding their interviewers, but they are found out,
sooner or later, because they don't achieve their targets in any sense.
>It has been brought to my attention by my lover that there is a pretty
>popular notion in the evolutionary scientific community of late. The
>attribute of "intelligence" is neither a necessary nor important factor in
>the survivability of a species from an evolutionary standpoint. As
>disappointing as this might be to those of us who appreciate this quality,
>this notion tends towards truth in my experiences in life. I've noticed
>all sorts of situations in life where the most intelligent candidate did
>not end up in X slot/position. From time to time you will see people who
ideal for a given position (or what have you) getting it; at others you see
some other perhaps seemingly "less suitable" (from whatever perspective)
person getting it. There could be a number of factors in these
situations.(Perhaps the intelligent bastard didn't get it because he never
dared to try, didn't get himself organized, didn't have determination to
support the intelligence, did not have effective communication skills, etc.)
Regardless, as is witnessed time and time again in life, it happens
constantly. That seems to be a not-so-uncommon occurance in organizations,
as well as in other aspects of life.
Yes I see what you mean.... people have suggested I might be motivated in
acting the way I have, because I would be frustrated, for never having
gotten to be 'captain' or whatever. This is patently untrue. I already have
found this form of ego-gratification in my professional life.
There have been years of bad and inconsistent government going on in the
Netherlands, and cOTO has been found unworthy to work with. It has proven to
be a dysfunctional structure, as far as outside interference from senior
officers is concerned. Not an individual, but a collective conclusion. I
just happen to be the guy with the big mouth.
And there is another thing: I (and many others) have observed that
brownnosing helps in this org, in contrast with seriously succesful
corporations, where other qualities are measured in people. Radiate enough
loyalty, and you're full steam ahead for the highest degrees!! This policy
has a very negative impact on the output of cOTO and anyone denying it is
simply blind or uninformed. If this process of brownnosing is accompanied by
slander of people perceived to be a threat for ones' position, one has found
the royal road to succes in cOTO. This policy tells something about the
capacities in the highest echelons..... it's about fear and insecurity, and
therefore surrounding oneself with people who can be 'trusted'. This
obviously has an impact on the functionality of the organisation and any
professional org would organise a 'night of the long knives' at that point,
to protect ones' institution. Impeachment by a council of IXths would be a
>Perhaps, the OTO being an Hermetic Order embracing Thelema, you have hoped
>that since "the symbolic hermetic Fire is often called 'unnatural' or
>'against nature,'" [Julius Evola - _La tradizione ermetica_] that the OTO
>might, by virtue of this hermetic Fire, remain untouched by the various
>tides of things 'natural;'
No.... I'm not that naive, think I generally have pretty mysantropic
expectations of things (I'm not much of an optimist). The above stated
thought never occured to me. In general, I think this order is filled with
badly adjusted people, I do not support any kind of "Ubermensch" thought and
do not project such expectations on OTO members, never have.
Besides, it's also natural that an organisation has a self-cleansing
capacity, and the above shouldn't prevent an org from a sound human
resources policy. Yes, it actually is possible to have a good judgement
about someones (relevant) capacities before he's hired for the job.
>Then again, who is to say that intelligence or lack of idiocy, by itself,
>is even a key quality that makes a good officer? Anyone who's spent any
>time in an actual military unit will note that there are many fine officers
>in charge of units and leading them to success and victory who are not
>exactly college professors or rocket scientists. There might be a few
>other qualities other than idiocy or lack thereof which are key here.
>Intelligence and common sense do not hurt, surely; but it's not the only
>thing to bring into consideration.
You're absolutely right. I even go a bit further than that: there have been
investigations, about the average intelligence of university professors.
They aren't a highly intelligent group at all! People with high MENSA scores
hardly ever get to be a professor, because they're unable to deal with
problems. When they were children they hardly ever encountered troubles,
they didn't have to work for their 'straight A's'.
At some point they will encounter troubles (either on an intellectual or
practical level), and being unacquainted with that phenomenon, they will not
be able to deal with it. Exit genius.
I can imagine a set of qualities for a proper body master however:
1) social skills
2) social skills
3) social skills
4) dramatic capacities
5) sound basis in magickal practice
10) proper acquaintance with the works of Aleister Crowley :-)
And intelligence is defined these days, in terms of social intelligence. The
IQ thesis turned out not to be an indicator at all!Social intelligence
determines succes.(yes people, here is your opportunity to get ad hominem
The psychological discipline has developed techniques, to measure such
traits in people. I think the psychologists guild would do an excellent job,
by providing the Order with character profiles for functions in the Order.
That would be professional, for a change.
>I'll get off of my soapbox here, as I'm no longer being paid to provide
>military instruction, and I think by now I've made my point.
You have..... would like to know what you think.
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