Thought begins where hyperborean desire stops working.    Thought rejects the illusions of immediacy and reaches ecstasy in the apprehension of a higher mode of desire that is attuned to true reality.   In some ways it hardly matters what thesis about true reality is arrived at - yet in another way it does matter.  I can think of five basic possible theses:  stoicism, tychism, skepticism, heathenism and theism.  

For the stoic, true reality is completely determined.  It is an illusion to think that I am able to change the outcome of my situation - beatitude comes from a deep apprehension of this fact, and I am liberated by a gnosis of amor fati.   Marcus Aurelius and Spinoza present examples of this thesis.

For the tychist, true reality is absolute chaos.  Nothing is determined, and I merge with an abyss of radical freedom in the face of pure contingency.  Sartre and Meillassioux present examples of this position. 

The skeptic professes radical nonknowledge: I do not and cannot know the nature of true reality - no deliberation will provide me with the information I need to connect my act to its outcome, so I am freed for my abyssal step of courage.   Kant and Bataille approach this thought in different ways. 


The theist claims to apprehend God's will and the power to merge with it.  This gnosis entails the attunement to God's command in the name of an eschatological destiny.  Duns Scotus and Mulla Sadra could be examples here. 

The heathen apprehends a will, not of a God, but of nature or matter.  He feels able to merge with an acephalic creative force beyond representation and to rejoice in riding it as a creative wave, not knowing where it will arrive (perhaps at destruction).  Lao Tzu and Deleuze point to this attitude.   

If we grant that there is some truth in each of these theses, a task for Transcendental Qabala is to propose an ascetic horizon that orders these insights correctly and makes a choice about which to privilege.  Each is a path to transcendental freedom, but in fundamental ways they are not compatible.

This requires a metaphysical account: the doctrine of the Four Alimonies