Wow, after all these years of defending students of the occult and trying to slough off the élitism of the spiritual aristocracy as put forth by Jason (pictured above, right) and Daryl, I may be coming to agree with them. Even Baumle — from more of an Eastern point of view — stands by living a life of highs and lows, of the karma involved in individuals' searches for their own dharma. Jason has always taken an aristocratic approach to the occult, and been his own worst enemy when it comes to the questioning of himself. And I want to say Daryl is hate incarnate, but he's not. He's just very alien to me.
Baumle's comments regarding the "Think and Make Poverty History" campaign, as posted by Technoccult:—
What about Karma? Are there not reasons for the existence of poverty; and what are the extension of these? Is the egocentric body experience the whole truth and measure of being? Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, "The iron filings of Karma are only attracted to the magnet of the ego"; J. Krishnamurti said, "truth initiates its own action"; one of the 'four noble truths' of Buddhism is, man is the cause of his own suffering.
I think that the idea of the web site is certainly a beautiful one. But we can cut down all of the limbs of a tree, and still it will grow and reach for the light in the sky. Only until the roots of the tree are killed will it cease to strive for its desire.
I am not trying to be a prick, nor am I trying to piss on anybody's parade, I am all ways wondering (when I am lucky enough to hold a whole thought in my head), am I mistaking my finger for the moon?
Please forward any hate mail for me to, georgebush@satan's ass.com.
He brings up a good point. People try way too hard to fix the problem by addressing the symptoms once the problems have arisen, rather than really researching the holistic issues at hand. Generally it points to a personal responsibility somehow (hello, libertarianism) and I think that is why people avoid it: they dislike taking responsibility for the world's ills.
I fully believe it's within a human's capacity to make worldly changes, but it's also rare. Mostly, I believe it's within everyone to make their aspect of the world a better place. Now that's not too hard to do.
But with pain and suffering come lessons. We've all experienced tribulation before, some more than others, but that is where I am beginning to observe the patterns. I can't comment on the rest of the world, but I can comment on what I've observed directly in my own family and community. Fortunately, in North America, any suffering we encounter is a product of our own doing for the most part. Places like Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are different. These are self-inflicted hatreds, fears, and afflictions that are fostered on a social scale. But I also believe in the adventure, so if you can't take your life into your own hands and escape, that is your own choice. With some ingenuity, one can do anything. This is the Game, this is Your Life.
After watching friends face cancer and addiction — one of which is a fluke, the other a self-afflicted issue — I've had the honour of watching many overcome these hardships.
So when the occult community rallies to try to create these new subcultures of their own design, like the counterculture and this new ultraculture movement, I have to wonder what they think they'll accomplish.
Like, wow… I don't mean to offend too many people, but wtf is this? New Age cyberhippies gone wrong? I would ten times over buy into the Marilyn Manson camp than into this. Jason would have no end of annoyances to utter about this.
I really have nothing legitimately intelligent to say other than this bugs me. It's the same design and approach that makes the New Agers look like such muumuu-wearing social flakes and the Wiccans and/or goths look like target practise for regular beatings. As I implement more and more propaganda campaigns in Alberta, I'll be gauging the reactions to them in order to create a fertile public space in which to post posters and materials for the unique journey of the individual. Not rallying the Love Troops to try to heal the world with their idea of what it should be.
The whole point is that I will never know what the fuck it's like to be you, or you, or you, I only know me. And 95% of people don't even take the time to properly learn who/what the hell they are. Give them the tools necessary to bear psychopaths upon society with a reference by which to garner the experiences necessary to make up their own minds about what they should be doing with this blink of life they've been granted.
And if anymore of these spiritual fluffballs start preaching change and love and whatever else without really having worked on gaining the experience to back up their claims (e.g. if one more motherfucker criticizes me for working on demonic magic), or have not really delved into the subcultures and/or worlds of suffering, then you really don't know what abstract purpose it plays into society. Love is not the answer, understanding is. With understanding comes a grander wisdom of divinity, perhaps akin to love if you want it to be, but generally it is considered to be wordless, definition-less.
I think in the end all I really wanna say is, Our occultists can beat up your occultists.
EDIT — Fantastic Planet's J. Puma posted this on Tim's site. Even the fucking apostrophe is backwards. 'Nuff said:—