Frater Isa Gold wrote:I have been thinking about reaching out to my local OTO body here in Philadelphia after reading the 'Open letter to those who may wish to join the OTO' PDF floating around the internet. I started to seriously consider initiation into the order as I do not know any other Thelemites in my area nor anyone to talk to of such matters.
Temple of Thelema has a flourishing Temple in New York City. I know that's not just around the corner, but one member does live in Philadelphia and attend the Manhattan meetings at least a couple of times a month. You can get contact information here: http://thelema.org/contact/index.html
Their public classes and other events are listed here: http://www.meetup.com/Aiwass-Study-Group/
Thus we have gotten to my question or concern if you will regarding Race/Ethnicity in the OTO and Thelema in general. [...] While looking for other Thelemites (via Social networks, youtube, forums, etc.) I couldn't help but notice that its would seem most subscribers of Thelema and the OTO are of Caucasian descent. It was also hard to find brothers or sisters closer to my age that could relate to being a young adult in today's society with most members I found being older Caucasian men.
So my question is what are your views on Race/Ethnicity in Thelema and the OTO?
First, this site is not connected with O.T.O. in any sense, so we won't attempt to represent their policy or talk overly much about them.
But on the matter of race and Thelema in general.. I have both theoretical and practical remarks to make.
The theoretical one is easy: Thelema is universal, unbounded by racial considerations. Its philosophy and deeper principles are universal to humanity at this phase of our collective maturity.
On the other hand, yes, the majority of those who have identified themselves with a philosophy emerging from an upper middleclass British white male have been Caucasian. That's the current demographics. However, those demographics have shifted a bit over the last 20 years and, in any case, it's in no sense all
In fact, it's not all males, either. Two of the three founders of Temple of Thelema were women. Over time, between one-third and one-half of our members have been women. I don't know the current O.T.O. demographics, but, at least in some geographic areas, women are very active. All this is true despite the fact that Thelema still has a hard time attracting women, and it really shouldn't (I wrote about this phenomenon at some length in an early chapter of Pearls of Wisdom
Also, some of Aleister Crowley's remarks, by today's standards, are racist. He was a certain class of Englishman, and had some of the values of his day (plus language standards in his day were different). At root, he embraced universal humanity at its most diverse, and he'd blurt out an occasional remark that would embarrass any modern Liberal
. (Social standards have evolved much since then.) The point I want to make, though, is that this isn't the view of Thelema per se,
but Crowley's wiring at the time.
And on age... we hear a lot
from people in their late teens and early 20s. Thelemites in that age bracket are all over the place. Most of the time, it seems to me that they are the heavy majority. Not to worry about that part.
But do you think there is a possibility that differences such as Dress, Appearance, Music preferences(Mainly Hip-Hop), Speech would affect relationship with other members of the the OTO.
Some people will have their own reactions. That's human nature. And it depends on the group. Mostly (and without knowing people in O.T.O. in your area), I think the answer is no, this isn't a problem. On the other hand, if you find people for whom it is
a problem, the Thelemic prescription would be: Be yourself anyway, and screw them,