Brother Moloch recently wrote a piece concerning the word “truth” and how it is being used in our trade.
It is a great read so go ahead, I’ll wait (lol).
As a denizen of all that is weird, magickal & supernatural; as well as a dabbler of all that is all fringe in the world of modern science. Truth, is a word that is in a constant flux – what is truth today, may not be so tomorrow – what is true for you might not be true for others.
This is especially the case in our trade. I for one has always been wary of anyone who espouse that their way is the truth, unless I’ve seen concrete evidence. The way I am, an empirical study of someones truth is a must for me, that’s how I’ve always worked out things and luckily, it’s been ingrained in the way I live.
Unfortunately, not many others are so lucky.
But we’re all here to get better and learn a thing or two, right? …..I hope?
Truth is a valuable thing but it is like a double edge sword; it can be used to set us free, or it can be used to destroy us. Like how knowledge is power, but without the wisdom to use it – it’s like giving a gun to a little child.
For example, I am a big fan of Franz Bardons’ work (if you can’t tell) but I do not treat his book like it is the word to end all words. I’ve been working with this tome for so long, trying and testing out the techniques laid down there. Personally, I can do without the preaching from his book and the labels he puts on.
On a pragmatic side of things, I feel that the book can be re-arranged in a much better way and certain techniques can be updated to better ones that we know that works on a general side of things.
But as I said, this is my truth – others truth might be that if you follow the book step by step; that you will eventually reach the first steps of becoming a magickian (as described by Bardon).
Collecting truths of the world are fine and dandy but I feel like we should all aspire to gain wisdom instead, the wisdom to use all of these truths in a way that’ll benefit us without endangering what we hold value in this world the most.
The great philosopher Socrates once said,
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.