Oct. 16. An C 2003 e.v.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I find the remarks of Mr. Titan regarding Freemasonry interesting. I suppose much of this has to do with the individual Lodge and Jurisdiction. However, I may venture to add that this is also the case with many "Thelemic" Organizations as well. This is why in my opinion the A.'.A.'. will always be at the helm of Initiation. Group Work has a tendency to fall into Herd Mentality. This does not invalidate the benefit of Group Workings but one needs to keep in mind that all Social Groups will have these drawbacks to one Degree or another.
Love is the law, love under will.
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1. Re:Thelemic Sociology and Metaphysics
From: "John Bonanno"
2. Freemasonry Idealized
From: "Chris Titan"
3. Democracy Idealised (was Re: Freemasonry Idealized)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 05:39:32 -0400
From: "John Bonanno"
Subject: Re:Thelemic Sociology and Metaphysics
> isn't "thou" a reference to the God and we're only supposed
> to do our (God-)will and no more (else somebody will neigh,
> or something)?
I will submit not a neigh but a whinny.
Such a truth could be so but to me that is quite a leap over the moon.
Muhammed, Jesus (if he be real), and others may have acted so.
And look at the results.
There are many forces that present themselves or on may perceive as god.
I find it best to ignore such claims.
Those who shoot baby killing doctors act from their perceived god-will.
It is an interesting effect.
It leads to religion.
A practice I believe should done in private,
Agape Aiwass Thelema
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 13:39:32 -0000
From: "Chris Titan"
Subject: Freemasonry Idealized
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 333 wrote:
the order appears to be top-down driven with the upper officers
making the big decisions. this is very different from the more
egalitarian ways of Freemasons, with whom some OTOs like to compare
themselves (more democratic and officer-variable, elected).
The egalitarian ways of Freemasonry are a myth. Any young freak
Mason, like myself, who has spent any real time in the quarry knows
that the mysteries of Freemasonry are black. Not being purged, the
Blue Lodge works on the same cultural lines that most of these guys
inherited from their post W.W.II experience (crewcut conditioning).
Sure you may find a group here and there who have been able to put
the teaching into practice but that is a rare victory and usually
they have been influenced by some other mystery teachings.
Freemasonry is one of the most rigid top-down driven social
organizations we have. It may not be designed that way but in
practice it works out that way. Just try to introduce an idea that
they did not invent themselves years ago and you will be politely
ignored. If during a crisis you take a stance that is against the
upper echelon (Inspector, Past Masters, Grand Lodge) you may be in
for all kinds of trouble. I have witnessed the Inspector of Grand
Lodge with booze on his breath call a Brother a little fuc*er because
the brother dared to write the Grand Lodge a letter complaining that
the lodge had neglected it's duty. I have witnessed the Past Masters
gang up on a very qualified but long-haired Senior Warden and run an
aged past master against him who died in the chair before his term
was up. They will control the officer-variables in very undemocratic
ways running a smear campaign during the election if they have too.
When these issues were brought before the Grand Master himself after
over a year of letter writing up the ranks, he was told to forget
about it. The GM failed to live up to his obligation as well as the
Inspector, Worshipful Master and the sheep who let it happen.
Masons wear the lamb skin because they are sheep, after 20 years of
lodge and being in the officer line most Masons cannot make a single
decision to do anything. I watched a group of well seasoned masons
struggle for over six months to plan and execute a damn rummage sale,
that I ended up doing most of the grunt work for. They need-no they
crave the cattle prod of a bossy task master. There may be a few men
with the testosterone to handle the task of being the Head of the
Organization, and out of that few most have ego problems and control
issues. This is how the lodge survives, you yoke the power hungry
into the Oriental Chair and they herd the sheep. If you resist their
control or step out of line, if you mention mystical speculations
more than they are comfortable with and you will be destroyed.
The good Freemason has battle scars and bitter enemies in high
places. The very myth of Hiram exemplifies the conspiracy and
assassination of the Beauty of the lodge. One can see the glee in the
tired old eyes of these vampires when they get to assassinate a fresh
master mason, many of these brothers have missed the point by a mile.
To continue on in Blue Lodge is to embrace the immortality of the
true will. There is usually one brother who can raise you up from the
death dealt my the hands of power greedy ruffians in past master
aprons. To continue to build the Temple knowing full well that your
own brothers are going to kill you as soon as you are near completing
the temple is the VIR, the manly virtue of a true Freemason.
It is in this environment that the lessons learned are polished, if
you can resist the power urge and resist falling into their patterns
of thought and action and stick to your square and compass you will
find a great deal of light and initiation.
This is a nasty world and humans are filthy and depraved creatures
full of fear. The fact that you can climb out of this with the ladder
of Freemasonry is one of the sublime paradoxes of life, but the
ladder is set on the coffin of your death by hands of those you
trusted. Until this shock and disgust fill your eyes with tears you
may never have the conviction to strive to be more than human and
climb out of the cesspool.
I have laid up square and true stone in the Lodge on High, brothers
who died with hearts of gold, but they were the exception to the
rule, and that is why it has such a great value. If you can cut the
muster, Blue Lodge is a fast track to wisdom. If you can't you will
be buried in the rubbish of the Temple and forgotten without any
Orders are tough and we are still learning to act as strong
indivduals in a group. The mode of each individual will have to
change before we have an egalitarian Order. It takes full
responsibility of the individual to contribute to the group. Like
Anarchy itself, until the people can "do" their will they will have
to be treated like the rotten children they are. We can hope that the
function of a heirarchy is to create a "Sanctuary" of individuals who
are responsible and have trained their will, that in the "Sanctuary"
we can have the peace and fellowship we all dream about when we are
cutting our stone from the living rock.
Loyal Blue Lodge Member
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 12:35:28 -0500
Subject: Democracy Idealised (was Re: Freemasonry Idealized)
Chris Titan wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, 333 wrote:
> the order appears to be top-down driven with the upper officers
> making the big decisions. this is very different from the more
> egalitarian ways of Freemasons, with whom some OTOs like to compare
> themselves (more democratic and officer-variable, elected).
> The egalitarian ways of Freemasonry are a myth.
Just to put my Two of Pentacles in here, my own experiences with
organisations claiming to be 'egalitarian' and/or 'democratic' has been
uniformly negative for exactly the reasons Chris describes. While my
experience does not include Masonry as yet, I have no reason to believe
it would be any different. In fact, seeing as every Mason I know has
voiced much the same complaints as Chris, I can safely posit that
Freemasonry follows the same pattern. (For all that, I am still
interested in taking the Blue Lodge degrees someday, even if mostly just
for research purposes.) My conclusion is that any organisation which
claims to be 'egalitarian' or 'non-hierarchical' is either lying or
deluded, and you are much safer if they are just lying.
In contrast, my personal experience with more openly hierarchical
organisations has been generally positive. Not perfect by any stretch of
the imagination, but still far better than any 'democratic' organisation
I've dealt with.
�Nothing on the face of this earth -- and I do mean nothing --
is half so dangerous as a children�s story that happens to be
real, and you and I are wandering blindfolded through a myth
devised by a maniac.�
-- Master Li Kao (T�ang Dynasty)
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