Every Man and Every Woman is a Star!
It is this line from Aleister Crowley’s “Book of the Law”, which gruntles me the most. Perhaps this is because he is declaring the freedom, value and divinity of every Human being that has ever lived on this Earth. These are dangerous thoughts, even in our modern times and people are still being killed due to these beliefs. Yet, the origin, of this idea, is actually to be located in ancient Greece, among those people who claimed that no one had the political right to govern over another. By this, of course, I mean the early Anarchists. At this point, perhaps, we need to ask, what Anarchy actually is?
According to the free-thinker and magician Aleister Crowley, the powers of light would never ask any human being to bow before them. Indeed, according to this radical thinker, slavery is as far away from these spirits as the stars are from this Earth. All of which raises the question of what it means to be both religious and human. But there is the problem. Perhaps it is not possible to have a religion and fully human freedom. After all, religion tends to cause more harm than good. What is more, organised religions have been the greatest instruments for intolerance, warfare and ignorance. Also, they stop human progress, and limit the freedom of thought in every nation throughout the centuries. Perhaps that is why the powerful as well as the rich use religion to control and frighten their own people.