Escaping Social Obstruction
Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing. So with thy all; thou hast
no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the
lust of result, is every way perfect. Liber al vel Legis 1:42-44
No matter where we make our home we are forced to live in a neighborhood. When people cluster they
tend to create government as a way of co-existing because they do not understand the Way of Thelema. The rules of neighborhoods,
towns, townships, counties, states and nations become law. Law usually always restricts individual will.
Neighborhood law is almost never written on paper. It is the social more, the accepted and expected
pattern of behavior that is taught through the schools, churches and family. It becomes so deeply entrenched in the group
that it creates what author Robert Anton Wilson described as "tunnel reality." Anyone daring to deviate from the norm becomes
an outcast from the others.
Thus we are presented with a dilemma. How can we follow the call of Nuit and "let it be that state
of manyhood bound and loathing" and pursue our will without risk of collision with the slaves of social demand?
How do we come forth, under the stars, and take our fill of love without some righteous church-going,
close-minded fool calling the police and having us arrested for improper gathering or reckless behavior?
Indeed, the obstructions created by the society we are forced to live in become overwhelming, especially
when the established governments that rule us are strongly influenced by religious zeal or kingly lust for power and opulence.
These rulers tend to generate unjust suppression on the masses. The people are considered slave laborers allowed to exist
only for the good of the state.
We have seen what happens to the few who understood personal will and boldly struck out to pursue
it, no matter what the consequences. The names of Timothy Leary, Jack Kevorkian and Wilhelm Reich are among a long list of men and women who dared to defy the social rules and follow their will. All three of them became
victims of political propaganda and were thrown in prison for supposedly breaking a law.
Yet there are others, like Michael Moore, who uses his talents to protest social injustice through satire in his writings and films, and Erin Brockovich, who successfully fought against a big corporation that was polluting the environment and making people ill, who have
become national heroes for their efforts.
What is the answer for those of us who understand our will and seek to follow it, even though it
conflicts with the angelic-made rules of the society in which we live?
First, we must remember that Nuit the creator is on our side. She finds the "state of manyhood,"
that condition of existence described above, "bound and loathing." Her demand to us is that we have "no right but to do thy
will!" And when we do it, we become obsessed by it. We pursue our will "with thy all."
Nuit promises something interesting in the next line. "Do that, and no other shall say nay." If
our will is right and just, and if we fight hard enough, the obstacles can be overcome. And if the battle continues long enough
and we remain diligent enough, we will have victory. "No other shall say nay."
"For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect."
The word assuage means to be "less intense or severe." Thus Nuit, when declaring that we must not
be assuage in our purpose, is demanding severity.
She adds that our pure will must be "delivered from the lust of result" so that it becomes in "every
I suggest that Moore and Brockovich were successful because they followed the Thelemic rules and
continued their fights with severity.
Even though he was imprisoned, Leary was a winner because he did not give up. He arranged a prison
escape, and later, after his release, he emerged as national hero. He was a successful author, philosopher and even appeared
in Hollywood films.
Kevorkian remains in a Michigan prison at the time of this writing. Although personally
aging and apparently ill, his battle has not ended. His lawyers are working hard to win his parole.
Reich died in prison under mysterious circumstances.
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