“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
“Love is the law, love under will.”

Do either of those tenets of Thelema sound evil?
It’s not “do what you feel like” or “do what you want”, it’s specifically “Do what thou wilt…” The “Thou” is appealing to a higher level of existence. “Love” in the Thelemic system is represented by Agape — which is different from Eros — and “deeper” kind of love than mere attraction. Thelema and Agape are also the two ways that Thelemites get their “code”.

93! [repesenting the “wilt” or Thelema in “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
93 [representing Agape – “Love”] 93 [representing Agape – “Love” again] / 93 [representing Thelema the final “Will”] in “Love is the law, love under will.”
I’m also fond of Liber OZ:

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” —AL. I. 40

“thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay.” —AL. I. 42–3

“Every man and every woman is a star.” —AL. I. 3

There is no god but man.
1. Man has the right to live by his own law—
to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will:
to die when and how he will.
2. Man has the right to eat what he will:
to drink what he will:
to dwell where he will:
to move as he will on the face of the earth.
3. Man has the right to think what he will:
to speak what he will:
to write what he will:
to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will:
to dress as he will.
4. Man has the right to love as he will:—
“take your fill and will of love as ye will,
when, where, and with whom ye will.” —AL. I. 51
5. Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.
“the slaves shall serve.” —AL.
“the slaves shall serve.” —AL. II. 58

“Love is the law, love under will.” —AL. I. 57

3 Comments

  • At the moment, he is either nothing or is slowly becoming less evil as his sins are purged out of him.

    The first of those precepts teaches that the end justifies the means, and that we deserve whatever we want — and we have a right to get it Michael Josephson would definitely have something to say about that.

  • 93,

    First @ Rivky. And Moses was a murderer. Abraham was an adulterer. See how it works? I won’t talk about things I clearly don’t understand, if you do the same. Perhaps you should ask why Uncle Al indulged, instead of doing what I just did.

    Second, to answer. He wasn’t. But then again, declaring any human is evil is a declaration of one’s own insecurity. Of course, the concept of “Do what thou wilt,” scares a LOT of people. The basic idea is, is that people are only truly responsible for themselves, and not another. This is perfect freedom, however it is also in and of it’s self a form of slavery. While a man is free to do any thing he would like, it falls on him solely to do what he Wills. It’s scary, because a lot of people will do the incorrect thing, just out of a need to feel “Dirty.”

    Love under Will probably sounds good, but you are probably interpreting love in a very kind way. Love, in the context you are citing is “Union.” Union can take many forms, not all nice.

    But, I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate. Personally, as a Thelemite I agree whole heartedly with The Law. In my feeling it isn’t evil, just not suitable for those lacking true integrity [The Law is for All, but the true adherents are “Few and Secret.”.

    Crowley is widely regarded as evil simply because he was a fan of sensation, spiritual, and material. In fact, his system doesn’t draw a difference between the two.

    Publius- No, they don’t mean what you seem to think they mean.
    93 93/93

  • He wasnt evil, he was just a boring old man who wanted to participate in every kind of sensual and material pleasure available, and then some. Which makes him nothing more than an old letch. Hardly evil, but definitly pitiful.

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