In psychiatry, Eros represents the sexual drive, the libido. The sum of life-preserving instincts that are manifested as impulses to gratify basic needs (as sex); as sublimated impulses motivated by the same needs, and as impulses to protect and preserve the body and mind called also “life instinct.” So much so-called brainpower has been spent debating whether or not polyamory is more Thelemic than monogamy that I refuse to waste ink going over this insignificant argument here. Suffice it to say, man has the right to love as he will, and doing what is most rightful to one’s true nature is as Thelemic as it gets. Making promises that one can’t keep, or forcing someone into oaths contradicting their own nature is not love, isn’t Thelemic, and certainly isn’t ethical. Misrepresenting one’s self is not only dishonest, but will eventually lead you to taking oaths you are unable of keeping. As my friend likes to say: Don’t write any checks you can’t cash.
Having said that, I have heard more than one critic of Thelema imply that Liber OZ condones rape. Some people are unable to hold two seemingly opposing thoughts until they are either reconciled or utterly destroyed. Liber OZ is applicable to all humans, not just Thelemites. Therefore, a rapist is in violation of his victim’s rights by forcing himself on her. The text reads: “love as he will,” and rape is hardly an act of love. Love is a God… and Love is the Law.
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