On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM, Nicholas Kroll <krollnm@...
> I don't need to go very in-depth on this, but his name is still known
> in the general public. My experience suggests that few in the 18 - 25
> group know who he was (which helps) but it is hard to separate the man from
> Thelema, and he puts people off. His writing style is honestly above the
> common reading ability in the United States, and this is also a hurdle.
> Key people for any group/organization/ideology/belief system need to have
> positive public appeal for the public to accept them, and Crowley does not
> have positive appeal.
Separating the movement from the man is like trying to deal with
Christianity without the apostles. It is what it is.
> It is explained to us that while it is wrong to proselytize, *The Law is for All* and it is ours
> to give.
I suppose it depends on what "All" is in practice.
The sodding mass of humanity at large can do what they please,
including accept it.
The popularity is irrelevant if the system works for you - or if it
doesn't. Popular and doesn't work: a waste of time.
> A friend of mine looked at me with shock when I told him that
> I had accepted The Law of Thelema, and his immediate question was "Isn't
> Thelema left hand path?"
So what if it is?
> It's hard to know where to begin with Thelema if you are on your own:
> I'm new to Thelema. I have no mentor, no group of Thelemites that I
> speak with outside of the internet, and no background in Golden Dawn
So you've got access to more than the vast majority of people for
three or four generations.
Hermetic.com alone will give you more than a starting point.
> While digital file
> transfer is easy for actual documents, it takes some effort to acquire
> off-line versions of these publications.
Cutting and pasting, or clicking "save as" whether in HTML or pdf is
so very hard.
> Also consider the limitations on
> reading these files, books have higher portability. On top of that, there
> is definitely something to be said for being about to go into a bookstore
> and *find* a copy of a particular book.
So read one on your device, print it out, have it bound yourself, or whatever.
Bookstores are dying.
> I understand that for now we
> shouldn't expect to find even the in print Book of The Law in our nearest
> Barnes and Noble due to the low demand, but the key issue is availability
> of core documents in hard copy form.
No issue at all at this point. Every man can be Gutenberg.
Every man can distribute the entirety of the works of note of the man
on a single thumb drive.
And most of the A.`.A.`. reading list, stuff mentioned in footnotes,
etc. and the like are now available too.
This is the golden age of information availabilty. Take some time to read it.