Monsters

Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.

When I was a child, I dreamed once I turned into a monster and I had to kill my parents because they whatisfairsaw I was a monster and would kill me if I let them live.

Monster is defined as something strange and horrible or something unusually large. Thus, the word carries both pejorative and positive connotations. The one constant is that a monster is outside the norm. While they are usually considered something bad, there is often  an aura of awesomeness about them too. The monsters discussed here are either historical figures or just an attitude society condemns but which many of us discover in ourselves whether we admit it or not. It has to do with either ignoring the rules or with a lack of compassion or mercy. All that is monstrous.

out of the norm…

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade

saloMost of us have been raised to believe that humans have rights. When someone transgresses these rights, we are shocked. But it hasn’t always been that way. Imagine a world in which there is no recognition of human rights. Need help picturing it? Read 120 Days in Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. Four extreme sadists round up beautiful victims for torture. They had absolute power over their prisoners. The original book was written in 1904 but the movie based on it set in 1944.

De Sade, himself, was a practicing sadist, although the word wasn’t in use (in fact, it was derived from his name). He called himself a libertine. He had a whole philosophy in which he preached unfettered freedom to do whatever to anyone to whom he could. He had a castle like any good aristocrat and used it as a place where he could conveniently practice his proclivities. Although people sade-lacoste_3124993a-largewere scandalized by his sexual perversion(s), people were a lot more upset about his anti-clerical behavior. More recently, de Sade’s name was defended by Simone de Beauvoir who wrote, Must We Burn Sade?

According to Wikipedia,

In his 1988 Political Theory and Modernity, William E. Connolly analyzes Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom as an argument against earlier political philosophers, notably Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes, and their attempts to reconcile nature, reason, and virtue as bases of ordered society. Similarly, Camille Paglia[24] argued that Sade can be best desadeunderstood as a satirist, responding “point by point” to Rousseau’s claims that society inhibits and corrupts mankind’s innate goodness: Paglia notes that Sade wrote in the aftermath of the French Revolution, when Rousseauist Jacobins instituted the bloody Reign of Terror and Rousseau’s predictions were brutally disproved.
In The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography (1979), Angela Carter provides a feminist reading of Sade, seeing him as a “moral pornographer” who creates spaces for women. Similarly, Susan Sontag defended both Sade and Georges Bataille‘s Histoire de l’oeil (Story of the Eye) in her essay “The Pornographic Imagination” (1967) on the basis their works were transgressive texts, and argued that neither should be censored. By contrast, Andrea Dworkin saw Sade as the exemplary woman-hating pornographer, supporting her theory that pornography inevitably leads to violence against women. One chapter of her book Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1979) is devoted to an analysis of Sade. Susie Bright claims that Dworkin’s first novel Ice and Fire, which is rife with violence and abuse, can be seen as a modern retelling of Sade’s Juliette.

Τὸ Μέγα Θηρίον Aleister Crowley

aleister-crowleyAnother name seems to fall at will beside that of the “divine marquis.” Aleister Crowley, had the distinction of being known as “the wickedest man in the world.” He called himself “the Beast 666.” He was actually an occultist, philosopher and practitioner of yoga. He channeled (or wrote if you prefer) The Book of the Law whose slogan is often misquoted as “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” The rest of that statement is “Love is the law, love under Will,” which meant doing one’s “true will,” as opposed to mere flighty whim, was putting oneself in harmony with the Will of the universe. But the individual, himself, determines if  he is doing his “true will.” One way of knowing was that the entire momentum of the universe would be in the favor of one who was really doing his (true) will.

boleskineCrowley was a true free-soul. He made his own rules and lived life on his own terms. Of course, he became notorious. Like de Sade, Crowley also owned a castle, Boleskine, in the Loch Ness. (Does that make him the Loch Ness Monster?) Instead of conducting orgies, as de Sade did in his castle, Crowley conducted magical workings. Boleskine burned down when Crowley was away and speculation was that his reckless magical workings had something to do with it. But both Crowley’s and de Sade’s hostility to Christianity seemed to draw greater notoriety to their reputations than anything else they did.

thelemaabbyIf his castle at Boleskine was a source of wagging tongues, his Thelema Abby even more so. He was a member of the Golden Dawn but had a falling out. His novel, Moonchild, has Golden Dawn members satirized as black magicians. He joined OTO, Ordo Templi Orientis and was immediately initiated into the 9th Degree, the highest one, after they read his Book of Lies which revealed the fact that he already knew their highest magical secrets.


The Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the worst places in the world for exploitation is the Democratic Republic of Congo where they mine cobalt used to make cell phones. Of course, that’s not the only place children are used as slave labor. This video was seen on Facebook. “Am I supposed to feel bad?” wonders Anna Berry, “I really want to write, well thank you, since I enjoy my phone, but I am smart enough to know that will make me look like an asshole and so I refrain.” More callously, Julian Ishida says, “Oh well, thanks Dorsel, mobile phones are pretty great.


bathoryLady Elizabeth Bathory

Lady Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian countess in the 16th and 17th Centuries. She believed that by bathing in the blood of young women, she would be able to stay young forever. In 1585, a woman of wealth and social standing could literally take girls to her castle and kill them.

She has inspired no fewer than 10 movies.


Haiti

san_domingoFrench colonialists enslaved the people of Haiti between 1791 and 1804. The slaves rose up and overthrew their oppressors. The Haitian revolution has been called “the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere. Slaves initiated the rebellion in 1791 and by 1803 they had succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the colony.” But what about the ridiculous financial debt imposed on the newly independent Haiti by France. “Reparations” for their loss when deprived of slaves. Boo hoo! Since when do people have the right to own other people? And why should these people have to pay for the right to be free? If anything, France should have paid Haiti reparations for their stolen labor. It’s outrageous.

Haiti’s current economic crisis and political turmoil have their roots in the “odious debt” of 150 million gold francs (later reduced to 90 million) which France imposed on the newborn republic with gunboats in 1825.
The sum was supposed to compensate French planters for their losses of slaves and property during Haiti’s 1791-1804 revolution, which gave birth to the world’s first slavery-free, and hence truly free, republic. It is the only case in world history where the victor of a major war paid the loser reparations.
In fact, French colonial losses were only an estimated 100 million gold francs, if one stoops to placing monetary value on human slaves.
This extortion, perhaps more than any other 19th century agreement, laid bare the hypocrisy of France’s 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man, modeled on the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed: “Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.” The U.S., which assumed the debt in 1922, proved itself equally insincere in respecting this fundamental democratic principle for which it claims paternity.
It took Haiti 122 years, until 1947, to pay off both the original ransom to France and the tens of millions more in interest payments borrowed from French banks to meet the deadlines.

HAITI: Independence Debt, Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism


The more we look around, the more obvious it becomes that the recognition of “human rights” and justice are the exception, not the rule. What is justice? Man’s attempt to impose order on chaos? As long as people insist on the insane delusion that they can “own” land, much less people, there can be no justice. I say, to hell with the social contract. We owe society nothing. Anti-Social Personality Disorder? How about Anti-Social Personality Enhancement?

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