Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thundersqueak By Ramsey Dukes

Ramsey Dukes writing under the pseudonyms of Liz Angerford and Ambrose Lea really got the chaos magic current rolling with Thundersqueak back in 1979. It's a fine introduction to the practical side of the occult as well as a dissection of government and media about freeing us from "seeing through other people's visions of the world". Ultimately, the book questions how we see the world through our own vision. We use different maps to navigate through reality, in the form of beliefs, preconceptions, ideals, attitudes, etc. Are these maps actually tyrants that dominate us?

The hilarious ideas in this book help clear away mental baggage, helping readers to question what they take for reality. Is reality what you have read in newspapers or heard from politicians, but have never experienced? Is reality going to a boring job every day, waiting until you retire to enjoy yourself, having routine and predictable conversations, never thinking about what other possible ways you could be living your life? What would life be like if you stripped away everything you have learned, all the beliefs and habitual ways of living that have been socialized into you from the start?

Through "guerilla warfare of the mind" we can begin to live freer lives, and understand what we are by clearing away habitual ways of thinking/acting.

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