BOOK REVIEWS FROM A CURIOUS MIND: I read a lot. Books and the data/stories contained within them are my oldest friends. Working at the University of Houston allows me to use the M.D. Anderson Library. Awesome! My wife mentioned that I should write up short summaries/observations on the books I've been reading, since people might be interested in reading them, so I did. Comments are welcome.
Until all humans have Liberty, none of us are truly free
is a Two-Edged Sword – Jack Parsons (1946)
Mr. John “Jack” Parsons was one of
the men most responsible for the Rocket Age, almost singlehandedly advancing
the science of rocketry to the level that, just a few decades after his
untimely death, led humanity to land on the Moon. He was also a grade-A mystic, mingling with
the Occult leaders of the day, including a long relationship with Aleister
Crowley and his Ordo Templi Orientis, a “school” of magic which focused mostly
on sexual magic techniques.
Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword is one
of several treatises that Jack Parsons wrote in the 1940’s. In it he discusses how freedom consists of a
duality, using the metaphor of a blade “…of which one edge is liberty and the
other responsibility, on which both edges are exceedingly sharp." This duality was once fully accepted and
worshipped, until the patriarchal religions of the world began to destroy it by
tearing down the role of Woman, and her seemingly magical position as conceiver,
bearer, birther and protector of LIFE.
Some of the most poignant language used by Jack Parsons is in the defense
of the magic, the power of Woman. That
this was written in 1946, decades before the modern Feminist movement is a
testament to his foresight.
Another large part of this treatise
consists of the definition and description of true Liberty, as it applies to
all humankind. He discusses the false
liberals who only want everyone to think as they do, but not to have the Liberty to
think as they see fit. He describes
certain inalienable rights that are part of every human, and which are
exceedingly worn away at by the fascist powers that be. As Mr. Parsons puts it,
“Freedom is meaningless where its expression
is controlled by powerful groups such as the press, the radio, the motion
picture industry, churches, politicians and capitalists. Freedom must be
It can only be insured by the allegiance to the principle that man has certain
inalienable rights; among which are the rights:
live his private life, insofar as it concerns only himself, as he sees fit.
eat and drink, to dress, live and travel as, where and he will.
express himself; to speak, write, print, experiment and otherwise create as he
work as he chooses, when he chooses and where he chooses at a reasonable and
purchase his food, shelter, deical and social needs and all other services and
commodities necessary to his existence and self-expression at a reasonable and
have a decent environment and upbringing during his childhood until he reaches
a responsible majority.
love as he desires, where, how and with whom he chooses, in accordance only
with the desires of himself and of his partner.
the positive opportunity to enjoy these rights as he sees fit, without
obstruction on the one hand or compulsion on the other.
in order to protect his person, his property and his rights, he should have the
right to kill an aggressor if necessary. This is the purpose of the right to
keep and bear arms.”
It is amazing to think that this man was
promoting these ideas over 60 years ago, and yet humanity as a whole has yet to
achieve this. There are parts of the
world where this is all true, and even in those parts, the Liberty described is
being slowly eroded by those who would seek to control the masses, instead of
empowering them to be all they can be, as they so choose.
I choose to blast my noise-rock skronk for all to hear!
There may be a lot of esoteric, occult,
mystical slants to Mr. Parsons’ writing but the core of it is a cry for humanity
to respect itself, to love itself, and to include everyone as part of the human
family.His rage at those that seek to
prevent this is evident in every word.I
will definitely be reading more!I am in
full agreement with Mr. Parsons that “…the liberty of the individual is the
foundation of civilization.”While many
Americans are taught to seek and protect “freedom,” the real thing they should
be seeking and protecting is LIBERTY.Freedom is a value held inside one’s own mind.You can be free inside and still be a
captive.What is actually needed is
LIBERTY.Liberty is a value of
action.You either have the liberty to
live as Mr. Parsons outlined above, or you don’t.Until all humans have liberty, none of us are