Morality of the Left-Hand Path 6: The Spiral, Reich, and A Sense of Duty

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A Sense of Duty

At a cosmic level the oppressive nature of Collectivism can be understood simply as attempts to suppress the Black Flame – that cosmic Supersubstantial source of life and consciousness that fuels man’s independence and individuality. This again is the overriding theme of The Erbeth Transmissions, and publication of that book might be considered an example of a small effort to do something to leverage the situation in the direction of self-conscious evolution. “Central Authority” in that book is simply an analogy for the Church…or the State…take your pick for there is little difference. Both systems display the same centralized structure, the same outwardly emanating desire for total controls, and both display no tolerance for any alternative systems and can allow no completion to or questioning of their absolute authority.

In the Spiral Dynamics system of Beck and Cowan both Church and State fall into the realm of the Blue Meme for functionally they are virtually indistinguishable. The SD system claims that it is a natural state of evolution that all cultures go through – a natural and necessary authritarian stage that helps a culture define itself and makes certain advances from a more primal warrior society – the Red Meme. Emerging from the blue, SD envisions an Orange Meme of independence. Most consider the emergence of the Orange in the West to correspond generally with the Enlightenment, following roughly 2000 or more years of Blue authoritarian domination.

Looking at the big picture, If we consider most of our contemporary LLHPs (Crowley, LaVey, Aquino, et al) to have emerged during this most recent Orange, we next realize that most of our historical LLHPs (Yeshu, Zoroaster, Lao Tzu) come from before the last Blue Period. In other words 2000 years of dominance by Central Auhority resulted in a near vanishing of the Black Flame from the Earth. Next you have to reflect on the current geo-political environment of massive government, huge central banks, erosion of privacy and property rights and near constant warfare; and ask yourself if it doesn’t look like we are slipping back into the Blue; if it doesn’t feel like we are on the verge of sliding back into another dark age. There are more people than never exploring alternative and Satanic religious groups, but in most of them no Black Fire burns.

Another great 20th century thinker who perceive the functional homogeneity of Church and State is Dr. Wilhelm Reich. The idea that Church and State exhibit similar authoritarian patterns in their systematic attempt at suppressing the energy of the individual is a central theme in his work The Mass Psychology of Fascism. This is carried out initially through ceremonial suppression of sexuality. As he states:

Suppression of the natural sexuality in the child, particularly of its genital sexuality, makes the child apprehensive, shy, obedient, afraid of authority, good and adjusted in the authoritarian sense; it paralyzes the rebellious forces because any rebellion is laden with anxiety; it produces, by inhibiting sexual curiosity and sexual thinking in the child, a general inhibition of thinking and of critical faculties. In brief, the goal of sexual suppression is that of producing an individual who is adjusted to the authoritarian order and who will submit to it in spite of all misery and degradation. At first the child has to submit to the structure of the authoritarian miniature state, the family; this makes it capable of later subordination to the general authoritarian system. The formation of the authoritarian structure takes place through the anchoring of sexual inhibition and anxiety.

The idea of Church/State authoritarianism becomes axiomatic in James Demeo’s Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence, In the Deserts of the Old World. It is easy enough to see the deleterious effects the Church had on technology and human advancement, and if you look a little closer you see the State is almost as bad. What’s ironic is that Central Authority, due to it’s inherently bureaucratic and ineffectual nature, is always playing catch-up with the latest technology. How far had e-commerce grown before they realized they needed to start forcing collection of sales tax in a new way? Look at how far Uber spread before local governments started trying accuse them of ‘piracy’? Look at the technology of smart phones – if government had decided in 1995 that everyone has a ‘right’ to a cell phone we’d all still be using cell phones the size of lunch-boxes. These are simply a few contemporary examples but one could easily write a book about them all, as did Jeffery Tucker in his book A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age. We shouldn’t have to spend as much time arguing how the church held back the advancement of technology for centuries with flat-earth theories, auto de fay, burning of witches and scientists and so forth. What is important here is simply to see the common pattern of authoritarianism inhibiting progress in the name of the bogeyman of individuality.

If Central Authority stays out of it, new technology typically gets out to everyone who needs/wants it pretty fast. But Central Authority can always just catch up later, requisition it, put their stamp on it and start re-writing history to make it look like they invented it, which is precisely what they are doing right now with the institution of Healthcare. Propaganda slogans like “You didn’t build that!” can have the effect of simultaneously affirming their authority and ridiculing the belief in individuality. This is also essentially what the Church did and still tries to do with the phenomenon of human life – “we built that, so you need to follow our requirements for using it.” When you start to see this you realize that ‘separation of church and state’ was really just a transfer of authority from church to state. But in seeing these little successes and advancements we are reminded that there is hope, and that in exercising our own individuality – even a little – it stirs up that sacred fire that can spread, help cleanse the air, and maybe even help someone else ‘wake up.’

Everything that is encapsulated in P.D. Ouspensky’s ideas about ‘Negative Emotions’ are things that are propagated, perpetuated, and enforced through the various institutions that comprise Central Authority. The sooner one realizes that such institutions are fundamentally immoral, the sooner one can divest their time, effort and attention in them. These institutions do nothing but work against Self-Deification and Individuality, and even if they really wanted to, they couldn’t help you anyhow. You must take responsibility yourself.

This is where the sense of duty kicks in. When you start taking responsibility for yourself. “Responsibility to the Responsible!” as Anton LaVey worded it. When you can finally see most of society is engineered to remove the sense of responsibility, you begin to realize how dire the situation is. It is so corrupt and mechanical that none of the Politicians or Priests could do anything to change it even if they wanted to, for to become a part of it is to be absorbed and absolved of responsibility. It is quite literal the case, for despite all their blatant crimes and corruptions no one who is part of this system every emerges as responsible. The secret is that responsibility cannot be given, only taken!

This is the great challenge given to us by the Magi – to become a responsible being. This is the greatest hope for humanity – that YOU awaken and take responsibility.

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12 thoughts on “Morality of the Left-Hand Path 6: The Spiral, Reich, and A Sense of Duty

  1. mish says:

    I really enjoy your work; am reading Daimonosophy for the second time at present. One thing in this post that troubles me though, is your charge of present geopolitics as being marked by “massive government”. It’s something that comes up a lot in LHP discourse, and it seems to me to be really missing the mark of exactly who/what it is that is authoritarian in this time.. it’s the corporations that rule. Governments are merely their administration. Reich would agree.

    We live in an era where corporations can now sue governments… Is this evidence of the Black Flame?? I’ve read the Psychopath’s Bible by Dr C Hyatt; I am very interested in tantric psychopathy, the fortification of the ego as a path to enlightenment, but corporate psychopathy? Surely this is a whole other thing?

    • levitmong says:

      Dear Mish,

      Thank you for your response and I am glad that you are enjoying Daimonosophy.

      There is evil within some corporations to be sure, just as there is evil – that is ignorance, coercion, collectivism and tyranny – here and there amongst all of mankind and his institutions. But does this prove that all corporations are a) inherently evil or b) a greater evil than government by virtue of being in control of government?

      To address (b) one point I have made in this series is that it is one of the oldest tricks of the ruling class to justify it’s authority to the masses using fear. That government is here to protect us from some evil, or at least a greater evil than government itself. Back in the old days it was the threat of the asiatic hordes, or maybe ‘The French’, or maybe immigration of Jews and Gypsies. At some point in the industrial revolution – as technology advancements allowed for the arising of what we now identify as corporate structure, the threat was thus transferred to a new and easy target.

      Now you didn’t cite any specific examples of what would make a corporation evil, but most of the common subjects for this – Monsanto, Big Pharma, Weapons Manufacturing – are more properly understood as ‘Croneyism‘ In other words it is only through Government’s authority and intervention that some corporations are allowed to do business in exploitation or unethical ways.

      Corporations for the most part can’t be called ‘Authoritarian’ because the do not have the power of authority and coercion over us. You don’t like Monsanto you can shop at the farmers market. You don’t like Nike’s factories in Taiwan you can buy Adidas. You don’t like Apple you can buy an Adroid smartphone, etc. Thus corporations cannot legitimately be said to ‘rule,’ because they do not hold the monopoly on force and you can vote your choice. This also addresses (a) – Corps can’t be considered entirely evil as the provide us with some much that we need, and enjoy. You and I couldn’t have a conversation like this so easily were it not for thousands of corporations working freely to get people the things they want at affordable prices.

      You do not have this option with government. If you don’t like what your leaders are doing you can’t ‘opt out’ short of leaving and moving to another country, and sometimes even this is discouraged in not prohibited by government. As much hubbub is made about corporations and ‘Big-Oil’ benefiting from war, it is ONLY governmental authority that declares wars, conscripting young people and sends them off to foreign lands to kill and be killed. It is ONLY Government – not Corps that lock-up humans in cages for violating the laws that they create. It is ONLY Government that hold the dreaded evil of Monopolies – monopolies on force, currency, and vital utilities in many placed. I do not know where you live my brother but in America we have government run water utilities in America where people are poisoned by the water and the end result is the Water Companies get raises. Not to mention we are living through decades of despotic Presidents who declare war without Congressional approval and we have been in a perpetual state of warfare for decades which is continue entirely by governmental authority.

      The fact that a corp or anyone even has a chance to sue Governments should be perceive as a tiny ray of light in all this. Government could easily flex their authority to forbid even that and I fail to see how that would make things better.

      My own experience of the LHP began with rejection of the authoritarianism of RHP religion when I was very young. This line of thinking – which you probably know requires rigorous intellectual analysis not only of the Objective Universe we all live in, but also the Subjective Universe of your own internal system of values – eventually let me to the rejection of the authoritarianism of Government for the same reasons.

      Even if we were to allow that Government authority does do some good – that it protects us from greater evil, or even that that greater evil is corporations – we would still have to reject it as immoral from an LHP perspective because of the authoritarianism/coercion alone. The Daimons of the Diabolicon grappled with precisely the same question in the Statement of Satan Archdaimon

      Many there were among us who felt anger at this ruthless mutilation of our Gift, and Beelzebub brought to question whether we also should not descend among man and contest this usurpation of his Will. But I said, Were we to lead man in this venture, we ourselves would declare his failure, and he would believe our Gift to be weak indeed. Messiah must see that free Will is beyond the concern of God, and that man will finally win his own destiny apart from all dictated schemes.

      The Daimons made a very conscientious decision NOT to intervene in Man’s Free Will. In other words, it doesn’t even matter if it’s for their own good – coercion is still immoral. It is only the forces of Masleh – the forces of the RHP – that believe it’s ok to control and coerce people ‘for their own good.’ Therefore there is no reason you can give to really justify the authoritarianism of Government, and still uphold the moral basis of the LHP. If the moral conviction was strong enough for the Daimons to make a decision about the destiny of man, I think it’s still strong enough for us to reference it in the here and now on this mysterious journey of life and initiation on the Left-Hand Path.

      In Epiousios,

      Sakaki

  2. mish says:

    Thank you Sakaki, for your detailed response. I appreciate it. I should clarify, that I am with you in that I do by no means see the authoritarianism of government justifiable and would argue for decentralisation any day of the week. I suppose I just see the present era of corporate control, or Croneyism as you say, as centralising authority around the dollar and funnelling control into the hands of only a few. I see government as enablers of this, except perhaps in rare examples such as the one of Uber as you mentioned in your first post. Or recently, where I live, there have been some small gains for people with disabilities people through a new government support scheme.

    That a French multinational waste management company however can sue the Egyptian government for trying to raise the minimum raise is just neoliberal insult to colonialist injury, in my view and is something we will see increasingly more of under the coercion of multilateral trade agreements that privilege first world countries.

    I am an woman of Egyptian heritage living in Australia, my brother. I agree that as a “rule” coercion is immoral but I also see gradations and not blacks and whites.

    Not wishing to spout leftist dogma, I come here more to engage with you about what I read as sometimes capitalist/libertarian dogma which is sometimes expressed through LHP spaces. You are clearly learned and have very good reasoning behind your position, but not everyone does in these spaces!

    When you rightly say

    It is ONLY Government – not Corps that lock-up humans in cages for violating the laws that they create.

    Indeed, but the prison industrial complex benefits enormously from this situation and actively lobbies government to create more prison/detention facilities. Who funds the right-wing parties in every nation? But, please do not take this is as socialist interrogation. I am an anarchist as well as some version of LHP initiate and I too attempt rigorous interrogation as well as disruption of authority where it is strategic to do so. It is my view that corporations are absolutely authorities in this era which use coercion through advertising/marketing as well as through political donations.

    To be honest, I find it all really tedious but I do feel it is in LHPers’ interest to recognise the complexities of how power plays out in the OU. Great to engage with you Sakaki!!

  3. mish says:

    *That a French multinational waste management company however can sue the Egyptian government for trying to raise the minimum WAGE is just neoliberal insult to colonialist injury

    My apologies, I wrote in haste.

    I wanted also to add in response to your statement,

    Corporations for the most part can’t be called ‘Authoritarian’ because the do not have the power of authority and coercion over us. You don’t like Monsanto you can shop at the farmers market. You don’t like Nike’s factories in Taiwan you can buy Adidas. You don’t like Apple you can buy an Adroid smartphone, etc. Thus corporations cannot legitimately be said to ‘rule,’ because they do not hold the monopoly on force and you can vote your choice.

    Monsanto buys up seed patents and sues farmers in the third world for using them. I agree that to an extent boycotts can play a role in intervening in this authoritarian abuse of power, but also feel they are a middle class distraction from what is actually a kind of war that is going on. I fail to see profound solutions within the market. But nor do I see them in big (or any) government. There’s a third way, and this is where I see a lot of crossover between anarchist and LHP praxis; through direct action, through sorcery, through rhizomatic organising, through left handed autonomous resistance. For example taking a leaf from the book of say the practitioners of non-dogmatic Bwiti in Central West Africa whose engagement with a psychedelic plant medicine has been central to resistance of colonialism.

    Why settle for neoliberalism when we can have so much more?

  4. levitmong says:

    Dear Mish,

    Monsanto again is not really an example of Free-Market but rather an example of Cronyism. The infographic at the link below gives you a great sense of it, where you can see no less that 15 of Monsanto’s top leaders are actually past or current members of the Federal Government, mostly Clinton and Obama administration.

    http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2015/12/the-monsanto-government-connection/

    So here again the problem is not that there is a Free-Market, but that the Government intervenes, and the reason that it isn’t fair is because the Government has the unfair advantage of having a monopoly on force, and a monopoly on coercion. I know this can be shocking to the system because we are accustomed to the scourge of monopolies being a horror of the free-market, but in reality only Government has the power to enforce monopolies because in the end only they have the power to take our money, put us in cages, murder, war, etc.

    I agree with you completely regarding Anarchist and LHP crossover – but I always have to be clear I mean the true sense of Anarchism which means ‘without rulers’, and not the Marxian sense of Anarcho-Socialism which is just a ruse for a new flavor of authoritarianism. The LHP represents a new spiritual awakening in this regard, in which we can conceive of the idea of freedom for ALL. This means that not only do we embrace our own freedom as an act of spiritual defiance, that we recognized the universal right to it as a providence of the Black Flame; that we embrace the Non-Aggression principle and rejoice in proliferation of free-markets at all levels existence from economics, to information, to magical exchange.

    I’m not entirely sure what you mean about ‘not settling’ for neo-liberalism. I think neo-liberalism and laissez-faire are at the basis of ideas about individual freedom, and LHP ideas really arose from this same fire. If you’re going to refute neo-liberalism and laissez-faire you have to come back with a convincing argument about who you think should be our masters. You have to do more than just try to convince us there are bad people in the world. We know there are bad people and still we want freedom. I agree I wouldn’t settle for a purely economic model, but I think that we can show some preference for one that represents our values, our spiritual aims, and so forth.

    Thank you again for the great dialogue my sister. FYI I started a Sakaki page on Face Book @SakakiInterplanetary you are invited to follow me there I will use it to post news and info about various things LHP.

    Keep Fighting the Good Fight,

    Sakaki

  5. levitmong says:

    Dear Mish,

    Monsanto again is not really an example of Free-Market but rather an example of Cronyism. The infographic at the link below gives you a great sense of it, where you can see no less that 15 of Monsanto’s top leaders are actually past or current members of the Federal Government, mostly Clinton and Obama administration.

    http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2015/12/the-monsanto-government-connection/

    So here again the problem is not that there is a Free-Market, but that the Government intervenes, and the reason that it isn’t fair is because the Government has the unfair advantage of having a monopoly on force, and a monopoly on coercion. I know this can be shocking to the system because we are accustomed to the scourge of monopolies being a horror of the free-market, but in reality only Government has the power to enforce monopolies because in the end only they have the power to take our money, put us in cages, murder, war, etc.

    I agree with you completely regarding Anarchist and LHP crossover – but I always have to be clear I mean the true sense of Anarchism which means ‘without rulers’, and not the Marxian sense of Anarcho-Socialism which is just a ruse for a new flavor of authoritarianism. The LHP represents a new spiritual awakening in this regard, in which we can conceive of the idea of freedom for ALL. This means that not only do we embrace our own freedom as an act of spiritual defiance, that we recognized the universal right to it as a providence of the Black Flame; that we embrace the Non-Aggression principle and rejoice in proliferation of free-markets at all levels existence from economics, to information, to magical exchange.

    I’m not entirely sure what you mean about ‘not settling’ for neo-liberalism. I think neo-liberalism and laissez-faire are at the basis of ideas about individual freedom, and LHP ideas really arose from this same fire. If you’re going to refute neo-liberalism and laissez-faire you have to come back with a convincing argument about who you think should be our masters. You have to do more than just try to convince us there are bad people in the world. We know there are bad people and still we want freedom. I agree I wouldn’t settle for a purely economic model, but I think that we can show some preference for one that represents our values, our spiritual aims, and so forth.

    Thank you again for the great dialogue my sister. FYI I started a Sakaki page on Facebook @SakakiInterplanetary you are invited to follow me there I will use it to post news and info about various things LHP.

    Keep Fighting the Good Fight,

    Sakaki

  6. mish says:

    Greetings Sakaki-san,

    thanks for your reply!

    When you say

    If you’re going to refute neo-liberalism and laissez-faire you have to come back with a convincing argument about who you think should be our masters

    I feel simply, as you do, that we ought to be our own masters, and the market, corporations and consumerism threatens this. Neo-liberalism, which of course is complex and has numerous definitions, but in its truest form even without govt intervention, by and large necessitates that I exist no more than to be a unit of production and consumerism. Under it and by its edicts, I am nothing more than what I am worth to the system. Of course, through magick, meditation and through Situationism, I am capable of undermining this, but when power and control is so liquid, constantly shifting, pooling together, evaporating and turning up somewhere else, as is the case in the present era, it makes it more challenging, I feel, to dissent to. Marxism is dead in the water. It is severely remiss in responding adequately to postmodern conditions.

    Look, I agree about croneyism, and exgovt people being involved in some of the nastiest corporations. A former Australian major party leader on the “left” (not left at all, really, more centrist) recently became a major shareholder of Lockheed Martin. If I let it, it makes me sick, honestly.

    Also, I realise that a basic tenet of your work and OOB’s is telos, and while I am very very interested in your ideas and process, I must also say in contradiction of both you and myself, as in my last post I referred to myself as anarchist, truthfully I am also quite critical of teleological process as I feel that this reproduces monotheistic process. Actually, as an aside a good friend is writing a PhD thesis on sound and cosmologies and he extends from Weber’s text, The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in his thesis to say that western society never really killed god, we just made it the market. His thesis is about the role of sound in these cosmologies or master narratives.

    My anarchism is generally more of the Stirnerian type; individualist with sometimes some syndicalist leanings, only because I have worked in unions at times and admittedly have gotten a bit caught up in the rah-rah. It quickly subsides, like a stomach ‘flu, but still, I have to be honest that at times there is a part of me who can valorise collective action.

    As I mentioned too in previous post, when I hear of the abuse of workers in places like Egypt or third world countries who’ve been raped by colonialism, I just get angry. I am a second generation refugee, it’s a long story and I was certainly raised to abhor the state and authority, but, well you know my feelings about what many corporations are doing in the global south.

    Anyway, in regards to teleological thinking, I am concerned about the telos of neoliberalism and instead assert we should not be moving in any direction in a linear way, or doing anything at all, as much as undoing, both at the atomic-personal level and at the bigger political level. Unravelling trauma, un-storying grand narratives, dethroning authority, decentralising power. And framed in the affirmative, being in (but not of) chaos, becoming-undoing, becoming-animal, becoming-sorcerer. Can a whole-of-system approach affect all of this? Is that a contradictory question when I’ve just implied that grand narratives are part of the problem?

    You’re going to freak, because you will view this as a very RHP suggestion, but have you come across Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Order? I think its very interesting because to me, it simply does not enable tyranny by bureaucracy, corporation, or theocracy. Every aspect of the order, undermines the unholy trinity at every turn. It’s quite interesting, but, you’d have to get over the fact that it was created by RS who also looks to Jesus as a good role model, but, held in balance by the forces of Lucifer and Ahriman… so… truthfully, I’m not sure if I personally do categorise RS as RHP. The other thing about the 3fold order, is that by its nature and design, it can only come about from the grassroots. It cannot be be imposed by an authority. In this sense, to me it ticks the non-teleological/non-linear/pro-chaotic/pro-organic box.

    Ok, my manifesto is shortly coming to an end, but I wanted to say that perhaps my fervour in writing here is somewhat related to staring down the (possible) barrel of Trump as POTUS. I mean its fascinating at a sociological level, in terms of society’s “love” of sociopaths, and also speaks volumes to me about how liberalism in its political correctness has alienated the right so much that Trump is a real possibility and its croneyism has alienated the left, such that you have people like Bernie Sanders also getting a run. Anyway, *deep breath* what’s going to happen in November? Who are you betting on for a win?

    Re Facebook, I don’t use it. When people like you tell me you have an account, I wish I did though.

    Finally, I am also a little hyper-vigilant in LHP spaces about crypto/proto-facist discourse. It too pops up from time to time. What are your views on that? Are there people like me in the ToS or do you think I have too many collectivist leanings?

    Thank you so much in advance for your time and engagement with me on these issues. I’m really enjoying the dialogue so much.

    Au plaisir,

    Mish

  7. levitmong says:

    Dear Mish,

    I think it might help if you try to consider things from the point of view of the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) – the idea that no one has the right to initiate force against anyone else. If you hold this to be a self evident truth, it becomes clear that Government violates this, and does so in principle – the whole point of Government is to control, take our money, put us in cages, send us off to wars. Sure there they might do some good things with welfare but it must be acknowledged that these are facilitated only by their monopoly on force.

    The Free Market, corporations, and consumerism do not in principle violate the NAP. When they do it is generally only via cronyism. Again, I’m not trying to preach utopia here, and sure there are some greedy and unethical people in the non-Government world, but it must be admitted that there are just many in the Government world; and in actuality probably more because the possibility of wielding absolute authority over others tends to attract greedy, unethical types.

    Case in point here is question of the next POTUS. I do not support either of them because they are both horrible people who just want power. I think the best hope for humanity lies in working toward enhancing knowledge, responsibility, independence and so forth, which is why I publish these blogs and things like Daimonosophy.

    I’m not sure how you conclude that Telos – Purposefulness – leads necessarily to Monotheism? Working with purpose is the basis of Magic, Will, and personal evolution.

    I would hope all of this makes it very clear that I do not support any kind of Fascism, crypto, proto or otherwise. Fascism is simple a form of highly authoritarian government with lots of militarism and cronyism mixed in. I would hope everything I have written here indicates my vision is the exact opposite of fascism.

    You may find others who think like you in TOS, you can check out http://www.xeper.org for more information. But if you have real fundamental problems with ideas like Free-Will, Purposefulness, and so forth a lot of Setian philosophy might just be frustrating for you.

    In Epiousios,

    Sakaki

    • mish says:

      Hi Sakaki,

      Thanks. I fully support NAP, and you are right governments by their very nature violate this, but I do also see a lot of complexity within this and feel we are yet to have seen a libertarian state that has worked. Just as we are yet to have seen a socialist state that has worked. Hence my interest in the 3-fold picture and as such your piece on Zoroastrianism was very fascinating to me. Very compelling indeed. Can now see where Steiner pilfered many of his ideas from. I’ll mention that at the next Parents and Friends meeting 😉

      Re Telos, you’ve got me in quite a liminal time. For a number of years I very seriously entertained that I was a Setian, by birthright as an Egyptian and also elect. But I have been undergoing an initiation within a psychedelic process which with its inevitably profound shadow work (it’s that kind of process, uncompromising, harrowing and liberating), many of my former selves have dropped away as I go deeper into this rather Yin zone, journeying into and restructuring DNA. One such thing that is fading for me in this process is teleological ways of being.

      I’m not sure how you conclude that Telos – Purposefulness – leads necessarily to Monotheism?

      In answer to this, I suppose I was associating telos with a kind missionary, passage-to-heaven type of process; that “becoming” could spring from Original Sin type thinking. ie “I am deficient, therefore I must transform” in a linear kind of way. Or “that person or thing has something wrong with it and I must improve it, so it can go to heaven”. And I fully realise that this is not the conscious Setian mission at all, particularly when we throw Free Will into the mix. I guess I just wonder what is unconsciously left over in these spaces. Hence also my question about crypto/proto fascism, as a reaction to collectivism and springing from the Platonic Idealism that the ToS may base itself in. Clearly, I am no expert, and do not purport to know anything much. Just asking questions, and as I said, probably in a state of ontological, half-cooked confusion. Am I pasta? Or a pasta-bake? Or something in between? Doesn’t matter, because I’m gluten free anyway. 🙂

      And of course, it is clear to me that you don’t support any kind of fascism. Quite the contrary, Sakaki.

      Thanks for your time and your awesome essays.

      Best,

      Mish

  8. mish says:

    Just to add (and please forgive the lack of sophistication in my argument. As I mentioned, it is not a phase of high mental clarity that I am in presently in), I despise representative democracy as much as the next anarchist, and am not making a case for any such liberal picture. I am merely questioning what a world entirely run by corporations will feel like. We are not talking of a return to the mutualism, autonomism and direct democracy of say Amazonians pre colonisation; a kind of anarcho-primitivism.

    I agree with you that humans are fundamentally good, and that authoritarian intrusion is based upon the principle of the opposite. However, after so much disruption, exploitation, dispossession, institutionalised and industrialised rape of this planet and its inhabitants through colonisation, war, and civilisation itself, and the ensuing collective and individual trauma, can we trust what is being birthed from the malfunctioning base chakras/minds of these CEOs and the masses that consume their products?

    Is not a world run by corporations a certain kind of Back to the Future Two Biff/Trump – like hell? Where is the invisible hand that is supposed to lift everyone? I don’t see it.

    Similarly, does the posthuman technocracy that some people dream of, or the singularity that is perhaps only several decades away, exist in an ethical vacuum?

    Will there be spaces for dissent in these future vision? And by dissent, I don’t mean buying Pepsi instead of Coke. That doesn’t count (in my book).

    Holding in my left hand, my magickal praxis/initiation and in the other my engagement in anarchist collectives, I reached a point a little while ago, where I realised both fields of engagement were a little prone to black and white thinking. And what I noticed particularly in the anarchist groups, was everyone was so messed up that we couldn’t even function as a collective let alone catalyse the revolution.

    It’s why I’m taking tentative steps more towards the three-folding. And I will look more deeply for myself into the ToS and see if this is an appropriate space for me to continue initiation.

    Daimonosophy is still one of the freshest LHP texts I’ve read and the insect and psychedelic aesthetic is of utmost relevance to my own journey. I thank you for that.

    • levitmong says:

      Dear Mish,

      I am not suggesting the rule of government simply be replaced with rule by corporations. Rather I am questioning the presumption that we need to be ruled at all. It is sort of a fixed idea that we must be ruled, and all the great Masters from LaVey to Lao Zu have rebelled against it. I am suggesting that the idea of the need for rulership be abandoned in favor of the idea self rulership, personal responsibility and rational self interest.

      I know it may be hard to envision on a macro scale but the fact is you don’t need to, you just need to worry about ordering your own universe and that is the core of LHP morality. You can’t determine what is best for everyone else and neither can I, and the truth is no one can. But unfortunately there is a political class that do believe very strongly that can do just that, that they know what is best for everyone else and that is the problem. We need to stop believing in them and believe in ourselves instead. If we all stop believing in them they will loose their power.

      That is the power of the human mind or what Setians call The Gift of Set – the power to change reality with your mind. Right now there’s not a lot of people who believe in themselves. There’s more and more people who believe in the myth of the authority of political class and so the political class is getting larger and stronger every day. Those in their sway can not cause real change with the power of the mind because their picture of the world is based on what Zarathushtra called The Lie. So their thoughts word and deeds just become tools for reinforcing The Lie. Most people can never see beyond the The Lie unless something shocks them out of it. But for most it means they just see reality for a moment and then go right back to sleep. For some, the shock happens in the right kind of conditions, and the right kind of influences are present that can help them to find their way permanently out of The Lie. To be able to see reality – and your self – clearly and objectively, requires certain kinds of efforts and the development of a certain kind of attention, and this is part of the training of the Temple of Set.

      In Epiousios,

      S

      • mish says:

        Hi Sakaki

        I agree with nearly everything you’re saying, only this, I find problematic —

        There’s more and more people who believe in the myth of the authority of political class

        I really disagree. I see more and more people being utterly disengaged from the so-called authority of government and more engaged in the authority of big brands, what hash tags are trending and what Kanye and Kim are wearing. Out of the frying pan of the government and into the fire of the spectacle society…

        However, I completely concur with you and Zarathushtra about The Lie. And this is the core issue, irrespective of the flavour of the phenomena.

        So, being genuinely engaged in the training that the ToS offers esp the OoB and insectoid becoming (and not just because I am studying Kafka, Deleuze and Braidotti! Many other reasons). I’ll pursue this in the coming months.

        In gratitude,

        M

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