“True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgement.” – James Russell Lowell
What is ‘True Satanism’? What type of people does it attract? Is there one right way? I’m not entirely sure.
The trick with Satanism is that people want to claim that their way is right no matter what you say, and aggressively tell you that you are wrong. Others will mostly mind their own business and let you be. As of late, I’ve tended to be the former.
When I first published my bit on the Al Jilwah, my intention was only to put information out there because it needed to be said. I was irritated at the fact that no one else had taken the time to actually look the information up. I was also saddened by the sight of people, who supposedly revered and venerated an entity which is about free thought and challenging dogma, were accepting information without a second thought.
When you look up the word ‘Religion’ online, you generally get two different meanings. The first one is always some variation on “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies…”. The second one is usually something like “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods…”. Though, generally, people settle on that there isn’t one SET definition to such a broad term as ‘religion’.
Previously, I had gone with the definition that religion means rules. So, with that, I declared myself against religion because it was connotative of adhering to a specific set of beliefs in order to be a part of said religion. Sometimes, that’s what Satanism feels like.
Is Satanism a religion? Is there such a thing as “true Satanism”? A good ole chap on my JoS open letter repeated the same nonsense I’ve heard about the Satanic Bible and Anton LaVey. I’ve heard similar things. “If the Bible defines Christianity, then the Satanic Bible defines Satanism.” You should probably check your logic, there. Firstly, the Bible has a significantly longer history and culture. The Bible consists of aeons of material which dozens of authors and editors worked and re-worked for thousands of years in accordance to what their perception of divinity was. The Satanic Bible was written by a guy who wanted to make money and shock audiences. If you compare the Bible to Anton LaVey’s work, then you haven’t really studied the Bible.
Here I go again, huh? It’s not surprising that I keep coming back to study. So many people talking about things they don’t understand, claiming they do. That’s what irritates me about Satanism. I should warn the reader to not get caught up in either dogma or antagonistic outbursts. While argument is certainly good at times, there has to be a point and resolution to it.
There are a lot of contradictory beliefs in Satanism, the first being the popular assertion that some one has to adhere to a certain definition of behavior. What this set of behaviors is exactly, is debated as far as specifics goes. And yet some say that Satanism is supposed to include free thought. The reader can decide for hirself how to make sense of this.
True Satanism doesn’t exist. As some one on my facebook once said “… being on the LHP or the RHP is not a “aesthetic” choice – rather, it’s a philosophical position that leads to certain types of action. ” Perhaps this is true, but I have a feeling that it is a bit more complicated than that.
‘Ah, human cares! Ah, how much futility in the world!’ -C. Lucilius, Satires of Persius