Is it Ever Acceptable to Kill?

Today is the first day of my new commitment to poastaday 2011 and I had been looking forward to my first topic of the day e-mail.

“What would the brains trust at WordPress come up with for my inaugural post”, I wondered as I eagerly signed in to my Hotmail account. Then, there it was, today’s hot issue- “Is it Ever Acceptable to Kill?”

This is a bit of an old chestnut really, an age old question of humanity’s right to deprive cattle of their lives in order to have a BBQ. In reality death is a natural part of living for all things. Everything living on the earth is consuming something else, even great oaks can only grow if there is a living soil to feed from, a bed of decomposing organic matter, the spoils of death.

As I had arrived so quickly at this obvious point it made me think of why this is such an emotive issue for so many people. In fact anyone that eats a portion of meat or fish or fowl has killed something by proxy really. After all, everyone slaughters untold millions of bacteria every day without sparing it a thought (other than that the germs are all satisfyingly gone) yet they pale at the thought of separating a rooster from his head to make a chicken dinner. This question seems to me to be more about people rather than killing per se. When it is the unseeable amoebic swarms that are being killed it is far different to a cute lamb being led to the slaughterhouse to become chops.

So much more so then when the question turns to homicide. Is it ever acceptable to kill another human being? If it is who, in that case, decides what humans it is acceptable to kill? The government? The courts? In fact both of these institutions do kill every day and we not only find it acceptable, we vote them in to maintain the status quo, and to keep our armies in the field. Obviously society seems to find killing, in certain instances, to be entirely acceptable.


About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through at G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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