I want to pick up where I left off, with the Necronomicon as a literary figuration of a sort of destiny. However, I don’t think that the notebook post on destiny is quite robust enough to develop that. So, I’m going to take a post to develop more clearly my thoughts on destiny and fate. After this post, I should be ready to return to the discussion of the Necronomicon proper and describe how it, as a literary object can acquire occult significance and serves as an attractor for the development of occult ideas.
Aye l’oja, orun n’ile (The world is a marketplace we [all] visit, [and] the otherworld is home)
(Yoruba saying, quoted/translated by Wole Soyinka)
When we start talking about capitalism’s role in the modern spiritual world, it’s useful to start with a little advice from Michel Foucault. When he was pressed as to whether he was anti-psychiatry, he stated that he didn’t think psychiatry was ‘bad.’ Rather, he said, psychiatry was “dangerous…but everything is dangerous.” When we talk about capitalism’s influence in our spiritual lives, I suggest thinking like that–it isn’t bad, but dangerous; there is no way to escape danger in this life so we should appreciate the nature of that danger.