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We Each Have Our Own Door-A Parable


Bob Wilson died a couple of days ago. Now, I've known Bob as long as I can remember in all kinds of contexts; he was that kind of guy. I recall him attending a Gnostic Mass at Eulis Lodge when Bil and Lacy and I were the officers, and a long chat afterwards; speaking together at conspiracy buff conventions, and like that. He was very kind to me in "Everything is Under Control" which it isn't, and shouldn't be, which was kinda the point.

No matter what the context, he always called me "the UFO guy" which was fine with me.

This film says a lot about RAW. He was a friend of the movement, but not much of a joiner. An antiauthoritarian down to his soul. A lot of people will miss him, me very much included. I'm afraid the end of his life was not so pleasant; when Tim Beckley contacted me to let me know he had passed on, I felt that kind of grief and relief one feels for the long suffering.

About the fim:

"A parable within a parable. A koan about a koan.

A low-budget student film from 2004 and finalist in the 2005 Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival in Tokyo.

Based on the written works of Robert Anton Wilson and an English translation of the short story "Before the Law," featured in the novel The Trial by Franz Kafka. "

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nebet_het
Jan. 16th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this, it really is a beautiful piece and one that I will watch again to plumb the depths. I also appreciate your sharing of personal memories of R.A.W. as the closest I came was listening to his voice on audio tape;)
tausirhasirim
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Bob Wilson
Thank you for sharing this, it really is a beautiful piece and one that I will watch again to plumb the depths. I also appreciate your sharing of personal memories of R.A.W. as the closest I came was listening to his voice on audio tape;)

I thought the film said a lot about his philosophy of life. In person, he was just a - well, a nice guy, off-beat, well-balanced and who, unlike many people I know, lived by the philosophy he believed in.

He was on - is on - "a path with a heart". Rare, as I have discovered.
k_navit
Jan. 16th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Wow -- neat stuff. Thanks.
tausirhasirim
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
FITTING
He was a neat guy. That this is a student film says something to me also.
elnigma
Jan. 16th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I liked the movie, thank you. :)
tausirhasirim
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
THE DOOR OF THE ASHRAM
Glad to facilitate. It seemed....appropriate.
starlancer
Jan. 16th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I will watch it when I can, having no time before work right now.

I had no idea he'd visited locally and met with people I know locally, though I did know some had met him here and there.

Farewell Bob.
tausirhasirim
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
BOB IN ATLANTA
had no idea he'd visited locally and met with people I know locally, though I did know some had met him here and there.

Other than me, you may not. I was looking at some old pictures of Eulis Lodge members in its hey-day, in prep for a piece that should break here in a day or two (I wanted to give some space to Dr. King first), and it struck me that *none* of the members of Eulis in the pix are still members of OTO, if you don't count us waiting-to-be-hanged suspendees.

Bob Wilso visited Atlanta pretty frequently in the '80s & 90s and was a really cool guy. Unassuming, no titles, just a major talent who also understood the material he was working with.

A great loss.
heosphoros
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: BOB IN ATLANTA
I met him during at least one of those visits, too. He was a very nice guy, with an amazing mind. I'm really disturbed that there are people within the greater OTO/Thelemic/Magical sphere that fail to understand how important his work was. He shaped a generation of magical thinkers, and may have been one of the few occult writers who got what this whole "new" aeon thing is really all about.

But, I thought you hated when he called you "UFO Guy"?
tausirhasirim
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Re: BOB IN ATLANTA
I'm really disturbed that there are people within the greater OTO/Thelemic/Magical sphere that fail to understand how important his work was. He shaped a generation of magical thinkers, and may have been one of the few occult writers who got what this whole "new" aeon thing is really all about.

I completely agree. I think oto 'regulars' ignore the implicit and often explicit discordian-anti-authoritarian viewpoint in his work, and his willingness to put many different pieces of the Grand Puzzle together.

But, I thought you hated when he called you "UFO Guy"?

Odd thing - maybe not so odd to you. You will doubtless recall all of the anguish I went through about choosing what I should never have had to choose between, my anomalous phenomena work and my magical Work, thanks to Bill Breeze and his ominous lectures to me, one-on-one. As you know, it was part of the same matrix of decisions, starting a year ago August at NOTOCON in Virginia with my "fashion statement" and "social statement", followed by my giving the go-ahead to Manutius Press to bring out the Revised SECRET CIPHER, SECRET RITUALS and Revised ROOTS OF MAGICK, coincident with my "Statement on OTO" -- that I got headed on the very collision course with Upper Management of OTO I had so dreaded. They pledged to guard me in my way, and stepped on me for a decade after the original edition of Secret Cipher. During that period, I winced when RAW would call me "the UFO guy"--but this side of my being suspended for self expression and living Liber Oz, instead of Liber Bill or Liber Dave, it feels more like a badge of honor.

Bob, may he attain the accomplishment of His Will, was, in a sense, reminding me of My Will every time he said it. I think he meant it positively on each and every occasion.

starlancer
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: BOB IN ATLANTA
Well you mentioned L* and B* both of whom I know, so that's at least three folks locally who talked to him. I know someone in the TN Pagan community (C.E. - or was at one time and still live close) who knew him and met him at least once, too, but I think that person was living in Florida at the time.

"Really cool guy" certainly comes across in his writings. Glad to hear it was genuine.
tausirhasirim
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
Re: BOB IN ATLANTA
One of those rare people WYSIWYG.
sans_mal
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
interesting flick - will definitely need to ponder it and the doors I have let close

Will
Love

Ron
tausirhasirim
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
THE DOORS
We all do, some of the time. I'm not sure it is ever truly "too late".
apsulute
Jan. 17th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
That was worth watching.

Which is rare in a student film about metaphysics.

Thanks for sharing it with us.
tausirhasirim
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
student films
It was my pleasure to do so. It meant a lot to me as well.
theba
Jan. 22nd, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
It is sad
When great man goes. I read only one of his book before few years "Quantum Psychology" but it stress me well. One sister brings it to me with fire in eyes, and with shrieking voice: READ THIS!!! Tired of many books, similar in information’s and simple in considerations I took it and after one page I started to read it again and again, hey what is it? Wooow!

I do not know about his life or his illness, It is something precious in someone passing away but for us which are still here states taste of lacking something, loneliness, sadness, why someone who beautify whole world must pass away.
tausirhasirim
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: It is sad
His final illness was complicated by poverty. He will be missed.
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