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from the utopiate-of-the-masses dept.
Of the numerous social philosophers of the 19th Century, Charles Fourier stands as one of the most unknown, yet potentially prophetic visionaries of a liberated world. Similar in spirit to the individualist anarchism of Max Stirner, yet devoid of the alienated egotism, Fourier provides a radical philosophy of liberty which posits the evolution of social, global, and cosmic harmony through the liberation of desire. To quote Hakim Bey's summary of Fourier's philosophy extensively:
For Fourier the universe is composed of living beings, planets, & stars, who feel passion & who carry out sexual intercourse, so that creation itself is continual. The miseries of Civilization have deflected Earth & humanity from their proper destiny in a literal cosmic sense. Passion, which we have been taught to regard as "evil," is in fact virtually the divine principle. Human beings are microscopic stars, & all passions & desires (including "fetishes" & "perversions") are by nature not only good but necessary for the realization of human destiny. In Fourier's system of Harmony all creative activity including industry, craft, agriculture, etc. will arise from liberated passion -- this is the famous theory of "attractive labor." Fourier sexualizes work itself -- the life of the Phalanstery is a continual orgy of intense feeling, intellection, & activity, a society of lovers & wild enthusiasts. When the social life of Earth is harmonized, our planet will re-join the universe of Passion & undergo vast transformations, affecting human form, weather, animals, & plants, even the oceans.
As Hakim Bey summarizes, Fourier's is a philosophy of liberated eros made the essential ingredient for the creation of a truly just, harmonious, and creative world.
Fourier's vision of the unbounded self as the gateway to a liberated world mirrors my understanding of Thelemic Philosophy in almost every way. We know the quotes: "Every man and women is a star," "The Only Sin Is Restriction," etc., . . .
But Fourier's vision seems to say something quite radical beyond the ken of most Thelemic writings. Fourier says that in a world of such liberated beings, a higher order cosmic harmony would evolve which might gradually change weather patterns and natural phenomena into more harmonious and appealing patterns.
Could Fourier have had an intuitive understanding that beings living in perfect harmony that follows from the alignment and expression of their deepest inner nature create a collective morphogenetic field which resonates and subtly entrains the world around them, molding to more beautiful patterns? Might a culture of such beings plant harmonious seeds in the fields of dispersion around them to bring a higher order coherence in which lies the doorway to the Utopia that beckons in our hearts?
Could it be that our current global weather patterns and natural disasters are the inverse of Fourier's Vision; that we are internally fragmented, dispersed, and cut off from our passions, and so the energies we generate around us reflect our inner conflict?
It seems that Fourier's vision provides aninteresting parallel to the "Heavenly City" metaphor of a New Jerusalem spoken of in the Bible. In such a imaginal space, the "Lions lie down with Lambs," or the chthonic primal energies of nature complement the peaceful angelic powers of spirit. That is, Fourier seems to provide a philosophy of interspecies, interplanetary, intercosmic resonance and harmony based on attraction, love and freedom. If this isn't Thelemic, I don't know what is . . .
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