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BHeidrick: Thelemite Ideals

To: alt.magick,talk.religion.misc,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.order
From: (tyaginator)
Subject: BHeidrick: Thelemite Ideals
Date: 27 Mar 1999 02:32:38 -0800

[from Bill Heidrick ]


Paul Hume   wrote:

>A Thelemic ditch-digger, for example, is going to dig the best damn
>ditches you ever saw...but if he expected to manifest his Will by
>digging ditches to the end of the incarnation?

This goes back to the old question of the Socratic example of a craftsman.
The issue posed had to do with flaws in the work.  If there were flaws in
the work, that was argued to prove a defect in the worker.  The flaw in the
Socratic example itself was assumption that the worker was only and exactly
a worker -- since there are all manner of aspects to a human individual and
more things may be intended than arbitrary standards of perfection in a
particular product, the logic fails through being too narrowly focused.
E.g., is a father a bad player because he lets his child win in a game? --
rather, consider that he may not be playing but instructing, in which case
he is perhaps a good instructor rather than any kind of player.  In like
manner, this point assumes that a "Thelemic ditch-digger" would dig good
ditches, but fails on two issues:

1. Thelema as a quality of an individual in some sense does not mean that
that individual is in perfect conscious union with his or her True Will at
all (or any!) times.

2. No single act of an avowed Thelemite, below the attainment above the
Abyss, can be paramont by intention, since attainment of conscious union
with True Will in all is above any single material oriented instance of
trying to unite consciousness with that Will.  Once the Opposites are
united in toto, all acts are one Act, but that is not how it looks down in
the material world to passers-by and to those who act without that interior
conscious union.

That said, a Thelemic ditch, as contrasted with the work of a Thelemic
ditch digger, will be perfect -- however, it may not make any sense to a
human mind.  Its perfection may exist in being cause for thought and
general ariation of the soil. :-)

Moral: There are no imperfect actions, but perfectly everybody makes
mistakes.  :-)

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