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from the bio-feedback dept.
I've recently finished Lawrence Sutin's Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley, and it is indeed a fine piece of work. Not perfect: it could have been more carefully edited in places, and is a bit more judgemental than necessary. But it's a vast improvement over any Crowley biography I've seen yet.
But it's got me to thinking about Crowley's life, and the lessons it offers us. Different people will derive different conclusions from it, and I'd be interested in hearing what others think on the subject.
For myself, I see two overarching threads: he intentionally set out to demonstrate that one needn't renounce the world in order to have great individual attainment. In this he succeeded.
But I think that there was an unconscious goal as well. He apparently found it quite difficult to empathize with other people. (I'll avoid the use of the word "compassion" because it's controversial; I think "empathy" will serve.) So he set out to demonstrate that one could be effective in public life without empathy. And in this he failed.
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