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Deontological Ethics and the Abyss

By James French

The topic of Thelemic ethics is something of a mine field. This becomes clear somewhere in the second chapter of the Book of the Law, where we are told to, among other things, “stamp down the wretched and the weak.” Thelema is said to be “the Law of the Strong,” and Crowley and those who follow his interpretations of the Holy Books closely would say that this emphatically and unequivocally means that that which benefits the “strong” is “good” and that which would tend to bolster the “weak” is bad.

There are numerous problems with this, beyond the more obvious carnage it would entail if taken to its logical conclusion. “Weak” and “strong” are ill defined, to start with. Generally speaking “strength” in this context is defined by the capacity of an individual to find their True Will and do it. Once the fledgling Thelemite finds this Golden Ticket, they are said to be infallible. They’re little God Kings now, capable of deciding what is “right” and “wrong” based on the advice of the little supercharged Jimminy Cricket known as the Holy Guardian Angel.

Read the original article at: Strange Onion Peelings

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