I too enjoy painless dentistry, and not having to run down my food on foot with a spear.
the perfect cure for "society won't let me be manly enough"...
systemic collapse and regression to a shitty past that we had one time clawed our way out of.
Fuck that. Let Bly's fuckers move to the Congo if that's their problem. They will soon learn about "manliness". I want painless dentistry more than I want to have my manhood validated. I already know WHAT I am. If they don't, that's their fucking problem.
Dok, I take your point on rituals and myths... I think there are some American myths Washington, Johnny Appleseed etc. and we do have some rituals, as you mentioned. However, these aren't the mythic sort... they aren't the kind that guide the individual on their own journey.
Sure they are. You're expecting them to look like myths from the classical era and the middle ages, and you're expecting rituals to look like something out of RAW or Campbell.
But they don't. They look like everyday shit, the usual business of crawling from the cradle to the grave, and the fact that they happen every day sort of makes them invisible...If you're expecting something like Parsifal traipsing around in samite. Parsifal is a completely outmoded concept, and so is Heracles. They were archetypes for a lawless world. That world no longer exists in our context (though people in Africa or parts of Mexico may have opinions of their own).
And there's no need for "chapel perilous". It's jargon that no longer means anything to anyone outside of a very small community of people who seem to need jargon from another time to describe what they THINK they need today. You can accomplish the same thing with the ECH-ean "Sack the fuck up" terminology, for three times the result, with the added bonus that you don't have to sound like a dork at parties.
This is one of the reasons I became disinterested in mahhhgique and paganism.
Well, don't get me wrong: I think RAW had some great fucking ideas, and he found his own way to describe them. But to slavishly memorize his ideas and use his terminology as holy writ is kind of contrary to everything the guy talked about. He's getting the same corpse-buggering that Jesus got, though his fans tend to be a lot less malicious about it.
The funny thing is, most of what RAW talked about was stuff that Leary talked about, only RAW put it in different terms, so he himself would understand it better. HIS disciples would be well-advised to do the same thing...Restructure what HE said, so that THEY understand it more completely. If you can't do that, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS INVOLVED.
Because it would be a fucking shame if everything that Leary and RAW said was reduced to cult knowledge among the terminally bookish.