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Indulgence, compulsion and understanding the difference from Rasha's blog

Dear members,


I first picked up The Satanic Bible about 15 years ago. I'm now revisiting some of the core themes. Due to my career, I'm what you call "in the closet," but nonetheless am looking for others who can discuss these ideas and perhaps improve my philosophy. 


The first Satanic statement, "Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence?" has probably been widely misinterpreted by overzealous teenagers and their parents. However, I've interpreted "indulgence" to mean indulging in life, taking life on life's terms, and working toward becoming successful in my endevours--indulging in the often hard work of trying to get ahead. 


Accordingly, as LaVey articulated, people often mistake compulsion for indulgence. One is a choice, the other is not. Though, isn't there "always" a choice? Despite much of the sensationalist language, naive theories of social Darwinism, and straw-man arguments in The Satanic Bible, I've interpreted "abstinence" to mean, at least for me, abstaining from dominant religious and political ideology which permeates throughout Western culture in a variety of ways, attempting to influence how one should live their life. 


Nevertheless, these are subjective interpretations. Please, correct me if I'm wrong. I'm curious what others on this path choose to indulge in. 


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ol' grimey
Apr 4 '16
To answer your question about choice, I would have to say that yes, there is always choice. Choice can be either conscious or unconscious. Even tough compulsion is as I interpret it a reactive choice, like for instance some one who is compelled to do X they are still choosing to do X,albeit in a uncontrolled/unconscious reacting to certain factors leading them to do X, instead of choosing to not do it in a proactively indulgent way.To answer your question about choice, I would have to say that yes, there is always choice. Choice can be either conscious or unconscious. Even tough compulsion is as I interpret it a reactive choice,...See more
ol' grimey
Apr 7 '16
Indulgence and compulsions are metaphors for proactivity and reactivity respectively.
Rasha
Apr 8 '16
Fair enough.
ManxLoaghtan Member
Apr 21 '16
Indulgence, to live rather than be subdued. To take responsibility for one's choices and actions rather than to allow another credit or punishment for your ways. You therefore indulge in the rewards of your own choices and abstain from the control of choices of others; allowing them to Indulge in their own. Like you say, others trying to influence your life.Indulgence, to live rather than be subdued. To take responsibility for one's choices and actions rather than to allow another credit or punishment for your ways. You therefore indulge in the rewards o...See more
Rasha
Apr 28 '16
Well said.
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