Thelema Quotes 15: Ideals

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Thelema Quotes’ fifteenth installment deals with the concept of ideals. As always, all quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“…we are born into a World which is in Bondage to Ideals; to them we are perforce fitted, even as the Enemies to the Bed of Procrustes.”

Liber Aleph, “De Vita Corrigenda”

Quotation #2

“The man who fails to recognize [life as an attempt to realize one’s own nature in one’s own soul] is hopelessly bewildered by the irrational character of the universe, which he takes to be real; and he cannot but regard it as aimless and absurd. The adventures of his body and mind, with their desires for material and moral well-being, are obviously as foredoomed to disaster as Don Quixote’s. He must be a fool if he struggles on (against inexorable fate) to obtain results which he knows can only end in catastrophe, a climax the more bitter as he clings the more closely to his impossible ideals.”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law I:29

Quotation #3

“What is necessary is not to seek after some fantastic ideal, utterly unsuited to our real needs, but to discover the true nature of those needs, to fulfill them, and rejoice therein.”

Magick Without Tears, chapter VIII

Quotation #4

“…thou art born into Dis-Ease; where are many false and perverted Wills, monstrous Growths, Parasites, Vermin are they, adherent to thee by Vice of Heredity, or of Environment or of evil Training. And of all these Things the subtlest and most terrible, Enemies without Pity, destructive to thy will, and a Menace and Tyranny even to thyself, are the Ideals and Standards of the Slave-gods, false Religion, false Ethics, even false Science.”

Liber Aleph, “De Via Libertatis”

Quotation #5

“Each child must develop its own Individuality, and Will, disregarding alien Ideals. … Let children educate themselves to be themselves. Those who train them to standards cripple and deform them. Alien ideals impose parasitic perversions. … Standards of education, ideals of Right-and-Wrong, conventions, creeds, codes, stagnate Mankind.”

-“On the Education of Children”

Quotation #6

“[The Law of Thelema] admits that each member of the human race is unique, sovereign and responsible only to himself. In this way it is the logical climax of the idea of democracy. Yet at the same time it is the climax of aristocracy by asserting each individual equally to be the centre of the universe… The Law of Thelema does not require the individual to behave himself because God set the squire and the parson to boss him… Modern social unrest is largely due to misunderstanding of the Law of Thelema… Under the Law of Thelema, all false ideals and incongruous ambitions will be driven away as delusions.”

Confessions, chapter 87

Quotation #7

“Know then, o my Son, that all Laws, all Systems, all Customs, all Ideals and Standards which tend to produce Uniformity, being in direct Opposition to Nature’s Will to change and to develop through Variety, are accursèd. Do thou with all thy Might of Manhood strive against these Forces, for they resist Change, which is Life; and thus they are of Death.”

Liber Aleph, “De Lege Motus”

Quotation #8

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”

Confessions, chapter 65

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Thelema Quotes 1: Children

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

This first installment focuses on how the children are seen in the context of this Aeon of the Crowned & Conquering Child.

Quotation #1:

“Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love! …Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.”

The Book of the Law, I:12,15

Quotation #2:

“Children should not be taught. They should be put in a position where they have to learn. A child always tries to save itself trouble by asking its mother questions and the only legitimate question which should be answered is ‘What is the name of a thing?’ This is allowable because it is arbitrary. To any other question, the answer should be ‘Find out.’ The child is thus obliged to use its own mind only on those subjects which interest it or are actualities with which it is compelled to deal.

To answer the questions of children is to debauch their minds, to make them subservient, echoes of others. This is not the same as keeping a child ignorant and children should be shown how to find out things for themselves. In other words, they can be taught method as is done with scientific students who do not have to learn things by rote but are made to verify for themselves, even the most elementary statements. There is no reason why this process should not be begun aborigine.

If you answer a child’s question, its mind is set at ease and that encourages it to be lazy, servile and credulous. It is notorious for example that geography means nothing to people, even adults, unless they travel.”

The Magical Record of the Beast, p.118-9 (May 8, 1920)

Quotation #3:

“All children of Brethren are to be considered as children of the whole Order, and to be protected and aided in every way by its members severally, as by its organization collectively. No distinction is to be made with regard to the conditions surrounding the birth of any child.

There is an especially sacred duty, which every Brother should fulfil, with regard to all children, those born without the Order included. This duty is to instruct them in the Law of Thelema, to teach them independence and freedom of thought and character, and to warn them that servility and cowardice are the most deadly diseases of the human soul.”

-Liber CI: An Open Letter to Those Who May Wish to Join the Order Enumerating the Duties and Privileges

Quotation #4:

“Each child must develop its own Individuality, and Will, disregarding alien Ideals… Education is assisting a soul to express itself. Every child should be presented with all possible problems and allowed to register its own reactions; it should be made to face all contingencies in turn until it overcomes each successfully. Its mind must not be influenced, but only offered all kinds of nourishment. Its innate qualities will enable it to select the food proper to its nature. Respect its individuality! Submit all life for its inspection, without comment…

From infancy children should face facts, unadulterated by explanations. Let them think and act for themselves; let their innate integrity initiate itself! Make them explore all life’s mysteries, overcome all its dangers. Falsity and fear are their only foe-men. Let them witness birth, marriage, death; let them hear poetry, philosophy, history; compel apprehension but not its articulate expression. Make them face cliffs, billows, animals, finding their own formula of conquest. Thrust Truth on them tirelessly, careful only to make its range all comprehensive; trust them to use it… Let children educate themselves to be themselves. Those who train them to standards cripple and deform them. Alien ideals impose parasitic perversions. Every child is a Sphinx; none knoweth its secret but itself…”

Every child is absolute.
Dare not bias it or bind!
Give the seed fair play to shoot!
At maturity its mind
Shall perfect its proper fruit,
Self-determined, self-designed!”

-“On the Education of Children” from The Revival of Magick

Quotation #5

“All children and young people, although they may not be able to understand the more exalted heavens of our horoscope, may always be taught to rule their lives in accordance with the Law. No efforts should be spared to bring them to this emancipation. The misery caused to children by the operation of the law of the slave-gods was, one may say, the primum mobile of Our first aspiration to overthrow the Old Law.”

-“Liber CCC: Khabs Am Pekht”

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