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from the cargo-cultivation dept.
In the beginning doth the Magus speak Truth, and send forth Illusion and Falsehood to enslave the soul.
By expressing fundamental insights in language, spiritual traditions risk being misunderstood by those who attempt to uphold the language in the absence of the insight itself. Each teaching tends to be misunderstood in a characteristic way. For instance, Nietzsche (and later, Crowley) held that Christianity was a slave religion, typically leading to authoritarianism and self-abasement. The Gnostics are often remembered these days for their pessimism and hatred of the natural world, but I can't help but think that these aspects are later corruptions of their original insight regarding a higher knowledge.
Are some teachings engineered with the goal in mind of minimizing the damage they can do when misunderstood? For example, Buddhism doesn't seem on the whole to degrade very badly, at least in comparison with other religions. Was this by design? How does Thelema rate in this regard? And are there things we could do to improve it?
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