It is a classical utopia presented in order to critique and assess the state of the society of Rabelais's day, as opposed to a modern utopian text that seeks to create the scenario in practice.
The inhabitants of the abbey were governed only by their own free will and pleasure, the only rule being "Do What Thou Wilt".
When forced to choose, he chooses fulfillment of his sexual will over logic.
) is a social or spiritual philosophy derived from Western esotericism.
While it is most often regarded as a religion—a new religious movement in particular—it is also referred to as a philosophy, "religious philosophy", "spiritual philosophy", or "religious matrix".
Eventually he left the monastery to study medicine, and moved to the French city of Lyon in 1532.
There he wrote Gargantua and Pantagruel, a connected series of books.
They tell the story of two giants—a father (Gargantua) and his son (Pantagruel) and their adventures—written in an amusing, extravagant, and satirical vein.
Most critics today agree that Rabelais wrote from a Christian humanist perspective. 52–57), Rabelais writes of this Abbey of Thélème, built by the giant Gargantua.Rabelais believed that men who are free, well born and bred have honour, which intrinsically leads to virtuous actions.When constrained, their noble natures turn instead to remove their servitude, because men desire what they are denied.The fundamental principle underlying Thelema, known as the "law of Thelema", is "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.Love is the law, love under will." This phrase can be, and usually is, interpreted universally, having moral, mystical, and socio-political implications.For Tolli it follows that the genuine idea of Thema does not contradict the teachings of Jesus (Lit.: Tolli, 2004).