FiatYod wrote:But suppose the criminal is a psychopath. As research shows, psychopaths' brains are simply built in a way that doesn't let them feel empathy, and makes them ignore the consequences of their actions, and so on.
Psychopathy is a flaw, not just "another organic variant." It impedes (not prohibits, but impedes) a soul's ability to discern its own fundamental truth, just as it impedes so much else, just as severely impaired eyesight impairs the ability to see things. For example, the inability to feel empathy means that one is cut off from the fundamental nature of Nuit.
Non-psychopaths also start out ignoring the consequences of their actions - this is something learned in the course of living. And, while a psychopath is severely distanced from this ability, he or she isn't the only one who has to learn by experience.
Surely such a life has much to teach one, and the real lessons and refinements of the soul in that particular lifetime are personal and far subtler than any of the rest of us are likely to see. But the best advice is still to seek to correct this flaw or shortcoming in oneself to the best that one can, and then to live, as mindfully as possible, struggling with the limitation every day - just as the rest of us to with our own shortcomings.
So what if a psychopath's True Will is to kill people?
If the universe needs someone to kill someone, much as the body needs a white blood cell, it will probably pick the most suitable cell available. But that would be just one momentary expression of a deeper Will (a more general case of that specific expression). It's the deeper articulation one must seek to find and voice.
1. How can we know the nature of all possible True Wills?
As mentioned above, we can't. But it's not like a check list. Those who have moved far enough down the path will have increasingly sound understanding of this sort of thing, and we take them to be teachers (if something in us intuits that they have whatever we need at the moment). - If you didn't think it possible that people would have this seasoned ability, you probably wouldn't have asked this question, right?
2. What creates a True Will?
A particular Hadit (a particular point of view from among the infinite points in an infinite universe of possibility), in the context of Nuit coming to abide in a particular body in a particular context at a particular intersection of time and space.
3. Does a person have a True Will since the moment they are born? Can it ever be changed?
Our details are constantly in change, in flux; but the deep core of who we are is fundamental through eternity, and takes on further distinction in a particular incarnation. I don't know if you have my book Pearls of Wisdom,
but there's a discussion in the first chapter about adjectives we use to clarify what we mean by True Will in a particular conversation. For example, we sometimes use the term Infinite Will
to mean the unlimited expression of a spiritual being independent of time-space, incarnation, or other condition, and Mundane Will
(or Finite Will
) to refer to so outward an expression as one's job.
Which is to say... the answer to your last question especially depends on the level from which you are asking it. The essential nature that endures with us across eternity, from incarnation to incarnation does acquire experience by particularizing to a more specific form in a given incarnation; and then, throughout our lives, we move through various changes in form, changes in expression, some truer and some less true to our deep center. True Will isn't just a single marching order - "Make egg salad sandwiches" - it's a deep essence demanding self-expression that, as an exercise (or stage of training) needs to be concisely articulated in a way that captures all of its threads and variants.
In Crowley's moment of enlightenment to his own True Will as Aleister Crowley, the words that were formed were, "To teach the next step." At the time, he asked what the next step was, and the answer was, "To attain to the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel." That, indeed, was his own next step to teach, the thing he had to spend the next stage of his life formulating and expressing. But years later, when he became a Magus, he understood his True Will as to teach the Law of Thelema - to expound the nature of the Law in both social and individual ways. Does this mean that his True Will changed? No, only its expression changed. It was still, "To teach the next step."
To wrap this up, here are a couple of more things from the first chapter of Pearls
. I'm taking them out of context, so they may make less sense than they would in
context, but I think they mostly stand on their own.
I proposed the most general (and, I think, most comprehensive) definition of True Will as: "The inmost nature of a being, expressed through its most fundamental course or movement through time, space, and experience. "
A little later, I gave the definition of True Will that is most important within Temple of Thelema, where we are most interested in waking people to who they are, at root, within the context of their current incarnation and the life they have chosen. That working definition is: "The resultant of all vectors (conditions and characteristics) expressed through the focus of a specific incarnation; nearly synonymous with life-purpose or deepest impulse of self-expression."