I got mail today. It’s been awhile in coming but that’s mainly due to a really goofy sting being perpetrated against Nigerian citizens (no, really). Anyway, for our wedding anniversary this year, I got my dear wife one of those thousand horsepower kitchen mixers and she, knowing me equally as well, got me a citizenship to NSKState. Doing the paperwork was a bit of a trick, but I got a letter from Slovenia today.
[from the enclosed letter:] “You have become a holder of an NSK passport and a participant in the formation of the first global state, the NSK State. In its fundamental articles, this state denies the principles of limited territory as well as the principle of national borders, and it advocates the Transnational Law.”
[from the passport itself:]
THE FIVE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF FRIENDSHIP
1. I shall lavish brotherly respect on you if I know you are worthy of it.
2. I shall risk danger and hardship to help you in your time of need, providing this does not harm me or my organization.
3. In my daily activities and when taking on special duties, I shall first mention your name and then mine.
4. I shall support you in your work and self-denial, and shall you reach your goals if I were in your place.
5. I shall never do unto you what I do not want you to do unto me, unless there is a valid reason for that.
In some ways, it is a fan club membership card but, when dealing with Laibach, everything is flush with meta-commentary and rife with manifestos of artistic freedom. Much like their shows, which are more underground political performance art rallies than rock concerts.
Their new record, VOLK, is out now, by the way. Fourteen pop songs masquerading as national anthems. It is one of those records which moves me in so many ways that I can’t talk about it objectively but you should know that it comes with my highest recommendation. You should watch the video for Anglia, and consider this irony: Laibach was banned from even existing (much less performing) in their homeland when they first formed; this video would (most likely) be banned from being shown here in the States for its political and religious imagery, yet they can perform freely in Slovenia now.
Anyway, I’m not much for talking politics because I find it more frustrating than cathartic (those of us we lean left do so pretty hard, and the right is just…ah…insane), but I think, in some ways, that it’s all just noise. And really? Politics, religions and cultural differences aside, we’re all brothers.
[from the Book of the Law:]
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
[And note Crowley’s original commentary upon this entry:]
“‘Do what thou wilt’ need not only be interpreted as license or even as liberty. It may, for example, be taken to mean, Do what thou (Ateh) wilt; and Ateh=406 [plus some Hebrew which I’m not going to try to find web-friendly equivalents], the sign of the cross. The passage might then be read as a charge to self-sacrifice or equilibrium. I only put forward this suggestion to exhibit the profundity of thought required to even deal with so plain a passage. All the meanings are true, if only the interpreter be illuminated; but if not, they are all false, even as he is false.”
[from the Gospel of Thomas:]
Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.”
I’m not one to start movements. We’ve got enough of them and, anyway, this one’s personal. They should all be. I’m calling mine Transcendental Socialism. It’s got two rules, and the second one is this: I have to trust that you’ll find your own way.
This little book from NSKState thrills me in so many ways. Inside, it is blank, ready to be stamped with a record of my adventures. Perfect.