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from the critical-mass-theory dept.
If Thelema contains an answer to the problem of Post-Modernism's nihilism, it is not through deleting the real insights of Post-Structuralism. Rather it is by realizing those real insights but transcending the limited understandings of, or exaggerations of them. What is the real insight of Post-Modernism? Centrally, it can be argued that it is its openness to exploring multiple interpretations of certain phenomena. Its awareness that there are multiple valid ways of interpreting the world. Its acknowledgement of difference. Leaving aside as beyond the scope of this article the issue of how radically this difference should be understood in various contexts, let us instead ask the more germain question -- how does Thelema address difference? I would like to argue that it does so directly through its central conception of the 'True Will.'
The True Will is understood in Thelema as primarilly and necessarily an individual matter. One must find one's own unique and valid perspective of existing, and express that to the maximum. Now, Thelema maintains a concept of 'attainment' of this True Will. This is only seemingly in conflict with the recognition that Thelemites often discover, that they can never not be doing their True Will. That the True Will is radically inclusive, and encompasses all of one's being -- indeed is one's being, which is light. This seeming contradiction between attainment and radical inclusiveness is resolved in the recognition that the need to experience a 'search' for the True Will is itself the True Will. Recognition of this resolution is understandable as a direct truth, not merely as an intellectual reasoning.
It is this individualized discovery of total meaning that answers decisively the problem of Post-Modernism. The root of the matter is Thelema's explicit articulation of the fundamental truth that truth manifests itself in multiplicity -- that the sovereign point of view does not lose its sovereignity by having other sovereigns around. The light extends itself through multiple replication -- and as it is all brightness in essence, it never dims from infinity by extension.
The entire Golden Dawn system can be seen as an attempt to communicate an awareness of this Light in Extension, or LVX.
It is this radical insight that Thelema possesses that can revolutionize the world, if we have the strength to live its freedom. The insight of the True Will, which we designate by this weird Greek word 'Thelema.' This is our meaning whereby we take our stand. This is our truth and our way, our Logos, our Word.
The Book of the Law and the Prophet are vehicles of this Word. The Word resides in and is embodied in them, as well as in the initiatory communities of Thelema. Their community activities embody and realize the Word. They are the Word. There is no difference. Buddha, Dharma, Sanga. Magus, the Law of Thelema, the orders of Thelema. The tripod upon which we build the Great Work.
There is no limitation on this truth, so there is no need for it to be called 'Thelema,' or for people to read the Book of the Law or join some Order or do anything other then their will. Therefore there is no reason for them not to do these things. We have no right but to do our wills.
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