A Detour into Destiny and Fate

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.

Continue reading “A Detour into Destiny and Fate”

The Capitalist Situation and Spiritual Life

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.

Continue reading “The Capitalist Situation and Spiritual Life”