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  1. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    That's interesting because I missed the references to FMS until Alex raised the subject. I agree that knowing about FMS is useful, but let's make that actually knowing about it, rather than jumping on a moral bandwagon. Otherwise its like the anti anti-vac bandwagon that jumps on any assertion...
  2. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    No argument there. But there's a difference between entertaining 'the possibility' and asserting that which is imagined is fact. I do not defend him. I was grateful, for the sake of the forum readers, that you quoted the milder forms of his prose and poetry. My early interest in Crowley was...
  3. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    You miss my point. If its not real - i.e. there is no actual FMS - why bring it up unless they do? If there is no actual evidence such a syndrome actually exists why give it credence in any discussion? Why even introduce it as a topic? But we have to be careful here and not conflate FMS with...
  4. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    That's the trouble with Crowley, he allegedly wrote rubbish quite deliberately, he is very hard to understand - which is not to say that he also held some deeply problematic views. I am aware that there are fans and haters who claim to have researched his life and work - and not all are as good...
  5. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    T'was in jest! I was about to agree until I saw the pale emojis. Perhaps it was a poor jest?
  6. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    I am familiar with FMS, I meant that because it is fake, nothing we were discussing had anything to do with it.
  7. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    Silly idea, Alice, what were you thinking! So last decade! David, let's have a palete of emojis - various facial expressions and a sliding scale from roses to a steaming pile of s**t. Aha! I see we have some not very exciting monochromatic and faint faces :eek::mad::D
  8. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    This has nothing to do with false memory syndrome, but even that is not as simple as it seems. My problem is with folk who are not of sound mind, but who are competent enough to present themselves as 'victims' or 'researchers' or 'experiencers' and who represent their own claims as being...
  9. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    I habe to quote from Wikipedia here (because its quick an easy and, in this case, accurate): The fundamental axiom, tenet, or boilerplate underlying Thelema—known as the "Law of Thelema"—is "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law". The traditional corresponding phrase is "Love is the...
  10. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    I am not actually debating the reality of it per se. I am simply saying that in this age of persistent misinformation that I do not have the resources, or, frankly, the motive to satisfy myself that a particular source is genuine. That's not to accuse the sources of anything - they just happen...
  11. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    Wow! Those are creepy and disturbing stories, But let's be careful about assuming there is a 'network' of cults under some kind of control. We can imagine, but is there any evidence? I am a fan of the normal curve - so I'd expect that there are some psychopathic personalities engaged in ritual...
  12. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    Really David? How do you know that? Unless, of course, that was a statement made in jest - and I missed the joke.
  13. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    Hi CS, I know this really isn't the focus of your post, but you said something that I think should be highlighted and underscored. We are what we are, not who we say we are - and we can't reject the influences that crafted our psyches with ease - in the same manner that we reject the culture.
  14. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    John you make a powerful case. Some researchers make the case that sexual abuse is endemic in human culture. I am thinking of Lloyd deMause for example, as well as some commentary in the esoteric literature. But some of that sense of 'abuse' is framed in contemporary terms - and not in the...
  15. Michael Patterson

    Sarah Westall, Trafficking/Blackmail Cycle of Evil |410|

    Once agains CS you are hitting the point here with lucid clarity. There was some kind of movement to promote 'safe' satanism that I looked into last year - some freaky unsavoury guy peddling pure BS of the kind that might rise with the publicity and then fade away to being sustained by a...
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