Thursday, December 29, 2011

Alistair Crowley and Anonymous?

I ran across something rather interesting today when doing an online search of the anti-sec group "Anonymous," which claims responsibility for the hacking troubles faced currently by Strategic Forecasting, otherwise known as Stratfor. I found it via Wikipedia which, of course, has had credibility issues through the years. However, this little clip below had the ring of truth. Look at the alleged quote from Trent Peacock, and then I'll make my point:

We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the internet who need — just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn't be able to do in regular society. ...That's more or less the point of it. Do as you wish. ... There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.'
—Trent Peacock. Search Engine: The face of Anonymous, February 7, 2008.[9]

Definitions tend to emphasize the fact that the concept, and by extension the collective of users, cannot be readily encompassed by a simple definition. Instead it is often defined by aphorisms describing perceived qualities.[2] One self-description is:
We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.[10]

Hmmm. "Do as you wish." What a phrase. If you look back in history, this is very similar to what notorious British occultist Alistair Crowley once said. His philosophy was pretty much, "do what thou wilt."

I also find the last bit interesting. "We are Legion." Biblically astute people will recognize this phrase as coming out of the demon-possessed man set free by the Lord Jesus. Alistair Crowley's philosophy, borne out of the demonic. And a plan of action using the words of demons - evil creatures all.

Somehow, it just makes sense. And like all devils, there is a final destination for them. It won't be pleasant. And they won't be allowed to "do what they will."

1 comment:

lee n. field said...

You might also want to read up on "Discordianism". It's related, a joke religion in certain circles.

(For that matter, if you know who Robert Heinlein was and have free time (ha!), dig up the first volume of the his biography. (2nd volume not yet published). He had some interesting, though peripheral connections to this. Very interesting, though kind of a sad story in some ways.)