Loading...

The fallacy of Satanic solidarity. from AK's blog

It cannot be stressed enough: the first step in troubleshooting is 1) understand the problem! This is not the same as merely identifying that there is a problem. No. One must understand what the problem is – how it functions. To know one's enemy.



Among many would be Satanists – especially the green horns – there exists a great deal of angst pertaining to the Abrahamic religions. Often one's Satanism emerges from a vague anti-christian sentiment. That Christianity is a problem to be eradicated from the planet, and it starts here in this coffee-house / forum / WordPress blog / whatever. Many utilize this nameless contempt as means to substantiate their Satanism is if some sort of flag under which to rally; shunning all things Abrahamic as anathema unworthy of consideration. This is as fallacious as Anti-Fa and for precisely the same reasons:



If one were truly against fascism, one would do well to first understand it at least as well as, if not better than, its proponents. The devil can quote scripture for his own use. It is not enough to issue blanket statements against the hypocrisy of religion in the hopes of rallying a small group of internet malcontents to commiserate with the nebulous evils of religion and faith – this is especially so if one does not actually know what they're talking about. The whole “I don't actually know what they represent, I just know it sounds stupid, and their fans are annoying” approach can't even quell the surge of "Beliebers", let alone believers. A religion with centuries of history and theology whose adherents number in hundreds of millions if not billions-with-a-b is clearly doing something right, and the ends of that something is not terribly different than what those “Satanists” who utter such vacuous phrases as “our people” in attempts at unification are attempting to do (for however poorly and misguided)



Knowing and thoroughly understanding the mechanisms behind how that which one is against functions allows one to identify in which ways one's own methods are, in fact, similar – even identical – to the methods one claims to be against. Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. Examples:



Anti-Fa operating under the pretext that they stronger together as a cohesive unit – the very premise of Fascism – a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break.



The Satanist who complains that their parents won't so much as consider reading the Satanic Bible whose disdain for Christianity prevents them from so much as picking up a bible except only to burn. Or exclaims that God does not answer their prayers, but Azazel totally does, all the while remaining perplexed at how “stupid” people can be to worship a sky-daddy.



Any movement which exists solely to eradicate one thing or another owes its very existence to that very thing it abhors. And here is the conundrum: where would the purely anti-christian Satanist be if ever they were to succeed? Who really needs who? “Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!” is purely tongue-in-cheek, you do realize? It's a vast over-simplification even on a cursory reading. Namely, there is no one “Church” - there's countless denominations and the majority of them view Satan as a sort of minor actor in the grand scheme of things – hardly worth mentioning at all, let alone trifling over; that is unless you're looking to rattle the cages of Pentecostals. Moreover, Satan is a part of their mythology – it doesn't stand on its own, but rather in context of their symbol-set. Utilizing the name just legitimizes their beliefs. Satan really only spooks those people who don't really know much about their own faith to begin with - the non-practicing complacent types who are members of such-and-such a creed in name only. These aren't exactly the pillars of the institution, anyway.



All of this ties back to understanding the problem – something I sincerely doubt the more militantly anti-christian Satanists have the wit to articulate (much less solve) effectively – and this all presumes that said problem is really a problem at all. It sounds to me like so much proselytizing in the name of a total non-issue. Windmills. Paper tigers. In reality, since its inception, “Satanist”, like “Pagan” (or nigger, or faggot for that matter) was never a thing one set-out-to-be. It instead was and has always been a label – a pejorative – given to those from without who had the audacity to do their own thing without concern for, and in direct contradiction with, the judgment of the prevailing moral authority of the time and place – terms for those whose solitary otherness is intrinsic and inherent in ways beyond contrived aspirations, branding, or superficial solidarity with anyone.


Share:
     Blog home

The Wall

AK Mod
May 7
For me it's not too dissimilar from, say, the appeal of writing malware eventually leading to really learning the ins and outs of computers far better than your typical computer-science major. Or how the study of disease and maladies lends itself to greater insight into anatomy, physiology, and/or immunology. It's generally true of the darker side of anything: satan being representative the darker side of the human condition.

I can't say I have any more of a beef with Christianity than I do Zorastrianism. If I don't agree with something, I just ignore it. Not to mention, while the tenets of Satansim stand on their own, if one takes the time to juxtapose these in context of esoteric thinking (for example: hylics vs. pneumatics of Gnostic thought, the body vs soul quandries found in most religions, taoist alchemy, tantra, Purusha vs Prakriti of Samkhya, the path of Ayin in Qababla, or the writings of Levi, the nephesh, or the nefas of Islamic theology, man as just another animal... the list goes on) it is not hard to see that there is quite a bit depth to what LaVey was pointing at (and I emphasize pointing-at) He just never explicitly said it. Similar to that math teacher who just says the derivative of x^n = nx^(n-1) without bothering to explain the definition of a limit because it is incomprehensible to him that the class wouldn't know it already.

The assumption seems to be that the audience of the Satanic Bible was at first those who had already grown sick of Crowley, and OTO type stuff. It was written in the midst of the occult revival as push-back against it. This generation, however, encountered it in the 80s and 90s - often working in the opposite direction: picking up the Satanic Bible years before realizing "wait a minute! Enochian is totally Christian!" or "for as much as LaVey doesn't seem to like Crowley very much, now that I've read some Crowley he sure borrowed a lot from the guy". In context of the very things Satanism is supposedly against, if one digs deep enough, one finds that LaVey wasn't just making this shit up - either he or people close to him really did know what they were talking about esoterically. What he ended up doing was giving the answer without feeling the need to explain how it was arrived at. Tracing it back to its origins and working to the same conclusions from the Bible->Abremelin the Mage->The Lemegeton ->Transcendental Magic->Crowley etc (from the perspective of depth psychology, of course)takes a lot of work and effort, but one gets a whole lot more out of it than they would just saying "all that's bullshit, here's the important stuff". They're no longer dealing with a specialized component in isolation, but rather speaking to the system as a whole well enough to justify function of the component holistically, rather than as a piece merely opposition to. *and let's face it, it - Satan - is a component of the Abrahamic mythos. There's just no way around that.

Getting over that hang-up allows one to spend more time applying it rather than needlessly defending or making a movement of it - at least I've found.
For me it's not too dissimilar from, say, the appeal of writing malware eventually leading to really learning the ins and outs of computers far better than your typical computer-science major. Or how ...See more
MistressMage666 Member
May 8
Talk about a mindfuck... Engaging in the same aggressive and defiant behaviors that common monotheistic religious ppl do is a fools errand. There really is no end game or kernel of victory: it's a circlejerk. In my evolution and bitterness towards my own mistreatment by such I have been guilty of speaking in such a way in my own private thoughts. I have endeavored to not give the indoctrinated I come across the satisfaction of me being what they're trying to fix or clean. I don't have to live my life forcing what I believe on others (which always has the possibility of being total bullshit, all of what I think I know). The depth of consideration here has some major levels... you made me miss cigs a little bit AK lolTalk about a mindfuck... Engaging in the same aggressive and defiant behaviors that common monotheistic religious ppl do is a fools errand. There really is no end game or kernel of victory: it's a cir...See more
Anna
May 8
Anton LaVey used the label "Satanist" for the same reason I used at 600 Club the label "ONA meme cat." You take a supposedly contemptuous label, add some creativity to it and wear it with pride to poke fun at your opponents who thought they would humiliate you. If you are charismatic enough to get others to assume the label too, then it's even better. The Church of Satan was a fun club from its very beginning. It was never a serious enterprise but rather a carnivalesque, tongue in cheek celebration of life, especially in its carnal aspect.Anton LaVey used the label "Satanist" for the same reason I used at 600 Club the label "ONA meme cat." You take a supposedly contemptuous label, add some creativity to it and wear ...See more
AK Mod
May 8
@Mistress: it's exactly a circle jerk, and a wildly misguided one at that. I can think of nothing more antithetical to the notion of unifying behind a cause than he who is said to be the very figurehead of disharmony and division - Old Scratch. Unless of course one takes a long walk off a short pier in asserting that Christians are lying or wrong about their own theology. For being "against" such things as compulsory morality and superstition, these types sure seem to be doing whole lot of the very same things.@Mistress: it's exactly a circle jerk, and a wildly misguided one at that. I can think of nothing more antithetical to the notion of unifying behind a cause than he who is said to be the very figurehe...See more
AK Mod
May 8
@Anna: yes, I would agree. His attitude was similar to the flippant "whatever you say I am" attitude presented in the song linked below for your listening pleasure. "I" being the operative word. It gets questionable when that extends to whatever your say "we" are while at the same time claiming it's a philosophy of the individual. It does not compute. To your point w/r/t to the "reason" LaVey or anyone who groks it uses the term Satanist, that certainly is one of them, and an important one, however because it is a symbol and not a sign there is a confluence of other equally valid albeit unrelated reasons that go into it. There is no one singular reason for it - as I suspect is true of your ONA meme cat designation. It works on a few levels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQvteoFiMlg (The way I am)@Anna: yes, I would agree. His attitude was similar to the flippant "whatever you say I am" attitude presented in the song linked below for your listening pleasure. "I" being the o...See more
EdMenonymous Member
May 10
Knowing and thoroughly understanding the mechanisms behind how that which one is against functions allows one to identify in which ways one's own methods are, in fact, similar – even identical – to the methods one claims to be against. Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. Examples:Knowing and thoroughly understanding the mechanisms behind how that which one is against functions allows one to identify in which ways one's own methods are, in fact, similar – even identical – to th...See more
EdMenonymous Member
May 10
This has to be the source of EdMe's AGROVexation! But what wtf to do? Move out to the remote and copycoat the Uni Bomber? Cause thats what Ed's gonna do when we get the final VERDICT.. TO EUTHANIZE THE KITTY WITHOUT AN OWNER!
Dark Enlightenment
May 10
That's the second time with that platitude. Why? What's wrong with the fire eroding perspective? Is the abyss suppose to teach everyone temperance and self mastery? But then again, I also have a major problem with the concept of crossing it. Leave going clear (crossing the abyss) for the scientologists and self help shit peddlers. The abyss in satanism has as much purpose to the satanist as a prison does for a convicted felon. I say stare long and learn to swim.That's the second time with that platitude. Why? What's wrong with the fire eroding perspective? Is the abyss suppose to teach everyone temperance and self mastery? But then again, I also have a major...See more
AK Mod
May 10
The abyss? Da'ath. Means knowledge. As-in fatal fruit of the tree of. As-in know thy enemy. As-in union of opposites (i.e. knowing in the biblical sense: la petite mort). All well and good from a self-development perspective. Not so for much for the purposes of standing apart from the very thing one seeks to eradicate. Examples of which are: the theistic Satanist who conducts rituals to Goetic demons all the while speaking derisively of those who pray as "talking to imaginary friends". Or those who cling to groups and temples championing in mantra-like fashion "fierce individuality" as opposed to "herd-like conformity".The abyss? Da'ath. Means knowledge. As-in fatal fruit of the tree of. As-in know thy enemy. As-in union of opposites (i.e. knowing in the biblical sense: la petite mort). All well and good from a self...See more
T. Volt
May 10
You know, Vlad Țepeș was a christian.
You need to sign in to comment

Post

By AK
Added May 7

Rate

Your rate:
Total: 5 (3 rates)

Archives

Certain features and pages can only be viewed by registered users.

Join Now

Donate

This site is largely funded by donations. You can show your support by donating. Thanks. Every dollar helps.

Like and Share