The Psychology of Satanism I: Nature vs Nurture I from Hartnell's blog

Almost everything within Satanism deals with a simple psychological concept : "Nature / Nurture." In this post (one of two!), I explain WTF that means. The next part will relate it to Satanism. 

"Nature" refers to everything we are born with. In other words, Nature is everything we have and can do at the moment we're shipped brand new from the factory. It's all the base mechanisms we need to survive as individuals as well as a species as a whole. On the individual scale there's critical mechanisms which sustain an individual organism's life --, like the ability to breathe. On the species scale, there's things like individual variations from height to temperment.

"Nurture" refers to everything which has been added to or changed within us since birth. It's everything that we've learned and ways we have changed outside the normal pre-programmed life cycle from vibrant infant to elderly corpse. These are things like habits, the language we speak, the effects of acculturation to our native culture, (more or less) all individual differences in personality, and differences in height due to failure to thrive (ex. due to malnutrition). 

A much more simple way to describe Nature / Nurture is to include them within the same system defined within the interdependent roles they play as two integrated parts of the same system: Nature is the structure and basic life functions of an organism, Nuture is what ensures it's survival within it's environment.

Both are required to work together to ensure the continued survival of such an organism. Nature without Nurture is symbolized by the Tarot card The Fool. Like the Fool, Nature knows nothing about it's environment by itself, and also like the Fool, that ignorance will result in a stupid, if mercifily swift, death. Nurture without Nature is like software on a DVD. It's useless without a computer to run on.To use another metaphor: Nature is like the living spaceman inside a spacesuit. Nurture is the spacesuit itself -- it's an adaption which allows the spaceman to live within a cold, airless vaccum by providing what the spaceman needs to live within that environment -- air and warmth. The spacesuit is like the knowledge of a special forces soldier trained to survive in a jungle. His knowledge provides what he needs to survive in the jungle -- food, shelter, how to avoid being eaten by a tiger -- by informing him how to find these neccessities and stay safe within in a jungle.

A Footnote I: As is obvious at this point, the debate about Nature vs. Nurture isn't really useful when the debate is framed in absolutes. There's very little in us that are solely due one or the other. For example, the ability to learn to walk at a certain age is Nature. Actually learning to walk is Nurture. It's the same with language acquisition.
Actually, to be frank, the debate isn't useful whatsoever. Nature vs. Nurture is only really useful as a lens to look at ourselves with in order to identify which parts are hardwired and which can be changed, and how these two parts within the same system are mutally interdependent and influence each other. Knowing this, it's obvious why people in every part of the world learn to speak and move, yet they learn to do so in a way unique to their culture (environment.)

A Footnote the Sequel: If you're a fan of the Fourth Way and you're thinking "Hey! This is a lot like essence and personality," that's because those are the terms for Nature and Nuture in that system. They're not like them, they ARE them.  
In the next post, I'll show how Nature / Nurture relates to Satanism.

Until then here's some muzak:

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ShadowLover Member
Nov 10 '15
I love this stuff and really enjoyed reading your post. It was also well written and in a way that myself, with a limited education, didn't have to continually refer to Wikipedia to understand. : )
Jun 2 '16
Your post was a good one, with little or no personal agenda attached. As a devout Satanist, I see that both aspects are aligned; nurture, however, being of lesser significance (at least for males). Nature dictates everything we do in the end, but nurture is evident in case of human survival as a species. For instance, life can get unbearable without friends. That way you only end up having enemies, who will evidently destroy you. No matter how individualistic we are, this notion should not be disregarded as nonsense at any given moment. Younger Satanists may disregard this, only to learn this afterwards. In the Tarot deck, the Fool really is the Darwin award winner, which no-one wants to be but inevitably some of us are just that. This is where Satanism comes into play; we know how to combine the both in a way that suits our individual needs and expectations of our circumstances. Also our upbringing and culture in which we grow have a tremendous impact on how we perceive all this. Still, nature has it's own way and we are just an arrogant bunch following it, regardless if we are aware of it or not. Those aware of it are the ones to prevail.Your post was a good one, with little or no personal agenda attached. As a devout Satanist, I see that both aspects are aligned; nurture, however, being of lesser significance (at least for males). Na...See more
Jun 11 '16
Nurture is lesser in significance for males. How so?
Jun 11 '16
The Fool does sort of represent the Darwin award winner on it's own, but it's an isolated principle. It's nature with no nurture. It also represents the human condition to some extent as we never know everything and there's always unknown unknowns.
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