Double Bind - Can the lover leave or not? Liber Legis

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Double Bind - Can the lover leave or not? Liber Legis

Postby Hermitas » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:13 pm

Liber Legis I:41 "41. The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell.

Liber Legis III:43. Let the Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and compassion and tenderness visit her heart; if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot shall she crawl through dusk wet streets, and die cold and an-hungered.

To make it more clear:

O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse.

Let the Scarlet Woman beware! . . . if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known.

Which is it? Free to leave as we will or not? Seems like a double-bind to me - or at least a double standard.
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Re: Double Bind - Can the lover leave or not? Liber Legis

Postby Takamba » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:14 pm

It's two different contexts. The first is in general and I think it a great way to think about all and any kind of relationship from the reader's point of view (the reader who is hopefully all of mankind).

O man! Enjoy thy wife and if she departs, or if thou wilt and depart, no foul.

O Scarlet Woman who hast taken up an office, ye deem not of failure or it will be hard! Hard! Very hard!
"If we are to have Beauty and Love, whether in begetting children or works of art, or what not, we must have perfect freedom to act, without fear or shame or any falsity."
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Re: Double Bind - Can the lover leave or not? Liber Legis

Postby Hermitas » Thu May 03, 2018 6:55 am

After further thought, I'd agree that they're describing two different kinds of things.

One's literal, the other metaphorical for a relationship where you can't unlearn what you've learned - not without psychological suppression and the damage to yourself that comes from fighting its re-emergence. Yeah, you could go crazy. That's my take, anyway.

It's ...minorly unfortunate that the metaphorical seems to contradict the literal, but it is what it is.
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