Friday, March 2, 2007

To be a Star, to be Alone

Crowley described Fredrich Nietzsche as a prophet of the New Aeon. I happen to agree with him. I was familer with his work long before I had ever heard the name Crowley. Even just a light reading of Thus Spoke Zarathustra will reveal much about love, ethics, and the will to power.

One chapter of Thus Spoke Zarathustra always stood out in my mind as particularly powerful. I will explore this more in depth now.

Chapter 17, The Way of the Creating One, Selected Quotes:

"Wouldst thou go into isolation, my brother? Wouldst thou seek the way unto thyself? Tarry yet a little and hearken unto me."He who seeketh may easily get lost himself. All isolation is wrong": so say the herd. And long didst thou belong to the herd. The voice of the herd will still echo in thee. And when thou sayest, "I have no longer a conscience in common with you," then will it be a plaint and a pain."

Neitzsche is very adamant about the fact with change and upon starting upon a new path you will become isolated. Not a physical isolation as a mystic going into the desert, although this does happen from time to time upon the path especially at various junctures. No a mental, spiritual, and ethical isolation. You can be completely surrounded by people and be completely alone. An island unto yourself separated by the shear fact that you see the world in a different manner than everyone else around you.

With this difference comes conflict and pain. Mankind at an instinctual level is a herd animal. Built into our DNA is the need and desire to be with others. There is safety in numbers. And not only the need to gather in groups but that the groups need to be the same. Any divergence from the norm could be a danger. The greater divergence the greater the possible danger not only to yourself but to the rest of the herd.

Due to this we not only have to overcome the pressures from those around us and society in general but we must overcome our very own instincts. Don't be different it screams! If you are then hide it, it implores! This is of course is not easy but if you accept Thelema, if you accept the formula of the New Aeon, it means you will see the world differently. You will react differently due to this new world view. You will become isolated from all those around you. You will have pain but that is the price you pay if you want to perform your will in the world. If not then rejoin the slaves who are blind to their chains.

"Canst thou give unto thyself thy bad and thy good, and set up thy will as a law over thee? Canst thou be judge for thyself, and avenger of thy law? Terrible is aloneness with the judge and avenger of one's own law. Thus is a star projected into desert space, and into the icy breath of aloneness. To-day sufferest thou still from the multitude, thou individual; to-day hast thou still thy courage unabated, and thy hopes."

To follow this path presents yet another problem. Once you separate yourself from the rest of society you no longer have the guidance of their norms to guide you. You will only have your will and your will alone. No one else can know your will therefore no one can judge you on your will. The responsibility and the burden of judge and juror will be upon your own shoulders. The law of your will must be enforced by you and you alone. The laws of the land must be upheld or else lawlessness will reign. To determine our own good and evil, to do our will in the world, and to punish the violation of the law is both our greatest joy and our greatest suffering.

"Injustice and filth cast they at the lonesome one: but, my brother, if thou wouldst be a star, thou must shine for them none the less on that account! And be on thy guard against the good and just! They would fain crucify those who devise their own virtue--they hate the lonesome ones."

We are left with the words of the prophet. The world will hate us for our choice. They will hate that we and we alone choose our own good and evil. We decide that this is right and that is wrong and this I will do and this I will not do. Not the values upon the tablets of your gods, not the laws decided upon by men, and not the herd who screams, "Do not be different!" "Obey!"

This is my will and this is my law. You will be my mutton and my wool. I will be your master. I will bear the agony of my isolation for I am a star and you will bear the burden of my indifference for I am not as you.

No comments: