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One Thing Leads to Another

The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously by a group or person under the pseudonym of “the Three Initiates”.

So, that’s the book I’m reading right now. It’s an interesting read for sure, but what’s really interesting is the path that led me to it. I was browsing the internet one evening, taking in the usual combination of provocative content and mindless imagery, when I happened upon this video:

That’s Die Antwoord, a South African hip-hop group. After watching that, I giggled heartily and moved on. A couple of days later a coworker mentioned that he couldn’t stop watching Die Antwoord videos. Remembering their name and the enjoyment I got out of the video, I decided to revisit it. I didn’t laugh as much during the second viewing. In fact, I found myself bobbing my head. I watched it a couple more times and realized that I really liked it. The music, their appearance, the cinematography – I liked it all! So I searched on and watched this video next:

After watching that one, I was fully hooked. I took in everything I could, which amounted to a couple of videos of them performing live, a couple of articles, and their official website. Such an interesting group!

The coworker and I passed whatever Die Antwoord content we could find back and forth. We tracked down an extended interview, a bit of pre-Die Antwoord history on the members (notably, Max, and a couple of videos of the fella from the ‘Enter The Ninja’ video. His name is Leon Botha, a friend of the Die Antwoord group, who is one of the longest surviving sufferers of progeria. He’s a visual artist, a DJ, and an all around deep-thinker. After reading about him and watching the below video where he waxes philosophic, I couldn’t help but to be downright intrigued and inspired.

My coworker mentioned that most of what he’s talking about has to do with Hermetic Philosophy, and that I should check out the Kybalion. I threw it on my Kindle, delved in yesterday, and here I am writing about it. I also can’t stop listening to the Die Antwoord and Max albums. I’m hooked!

Here, have a little dessert:

Taxijam presents Die Antwoord from taxijam on Vimeo.