Gaius Florius Lupus wrote:Salvete amici!
This is a very interesting discussion with well elaborated thoughts. Many good points have been made.
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C. Florius Lupus
I make it as a list, sorry if that seems sort of cold. I can sort of ideas easier in a list.
- I did not mean to impose anything. I guess if you re-read my thesis, it says multiple times that the ideas are meant as suggestions, and that any final form and content should lie with the local/regional group, like a network. I have always been against the idea of religious authority, including my own. I am speaking about MY personal view and advertise for it. If there is a movement that represents that version, good for me. If not, then not.
- I never suggested a centalized priesthood. I refer you again to Thesis 11, 14 ("14. It is suggested that the Priesthood is organized in local networks, from bottom to top."), 18 ("18. There is no body that can make anything mandatory, any regulations concerning Cult Practice are always recommendations, for each individual is free before the Gods."), 26, 32 and 33. On the contrary I think a network is the ideal organization form of the present time.
- Your idea to establish a Cultus Deorum Novum beside or within the regular CD sounds like a generally good idea. I have not made any particular plans, since my degenerating health grants me only a small window of hours each day I am capable to do anything, so my want is alas out of the reach of my powers. Even just writing this, taxes my health, I can tell you.
I am all for compromise, when it is possible. Of course I enter a debate with a coherent list. I have never made a secret that as Thelemite I am a Spiritual Seeker, and I understand others are not. Even though I have difficulties to grasp why one would even seek out the Gods when one has no Spiritual desire as such, I accept and respect that it is what people chose. If the Republic ackowledges a Cultus Novum movement as special department, that is good enough for me, and it would leave people with both interest sides untouched in their preferrence. I do not really have had the plan to create an entirely organization. I see myself as creator of an idea, a new or different perspective. It is a bit like Catholicism vs Protestantism, I am more for the "Message" than the "Form", so to speak. I have always been profoundly convinced this is the next step for the human race, to elevate itself as spiritual beings, and I am still deeply convinced the Roman Religion is a good form inside to do that, but under terms of the 21st Century. (Or 28th, if you prefer.)
I am by no means "hellbent" on this. I just suggest and advertise for the ideas. That is all. If the collegium in general disagrees, than that is fine for me. I will try to find likeminded individuals, who are interested to continue to research what can be done along these lines, and I am open to see where this goes. I merely invite people to Spirituality, like one would invite someone to Dance. Because Dancing is fun. But if someone thinks, nah I pass, then it is ok to me too. I am a Social Scientist and Philosopher. I look at humanity for a good number of years and ponder, what does it need to fix the mess? And this is part of my search for a fix of the mess of humanity. Yes, I am having high goals, I know. XD
(I am extremely grateful for your kind reply, brother of my house. Your words gave me great peace of mind.)