Essays

If Satanism is a religion for individuals, then why do they follow the same rules?

I was asked this question by an acquaintance some time ago. I answered the question to the best of my ability at the time, but it seemed that he wasn’t satisfied by the answer. Years later, I was asked a very similar question by another acquaintance. So, I will answer this question, again, to the best of my ability.

I would say that Satanists do not follow the same rules, but use the tenets of Satanism (which are clearly shown in the Satanic Bible and on the website) as a guideline. As far as I am concerned, Satanism does not have rules they have tenets. Which, to me, are guiding principles rather than rules to follow blindly. They are not commandments given by a bogey man in the sky claiming to be a divine ruler. They are solid suggestions to allow for the betterment of the individual without guilt or confinement.

The Nine Satanic Statements are reasonable instructions that, at the very core, are considerably sound when compared to the very nature of human beings. Yes, you can think that you are higher in spirit than the beasts of the field, but like LaVey had said, “Man is just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his ‘divine spiritual and intellectual development,’ has become the most vicious animal of all!”

When it comes down to it, yes, Satanists follow the same guiding and reasonable principles that help them build a better life for themselves. However, if you feel I am blowing air up your ass because you actually did the research and found that the COS has Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth, think again. These are not rules, but rather, again, guiding principles for Satanists. Nevertheless, I feel, and I am sure many Satanists would feel the same way, these Rules of the Earth should be utilized by all humans. They are a no-bullshit way to live in peace.

I hope that this has answered my acquaintances’ question. I also would like to say that this is my answer and opinion, and does not express the sole opinion of the COS.

-JG

A Pledge to Myself

I pledge allegiance to myself for my life is the most important. It is all I have and ever will to enjoy this existence. I will celebrate this life, here and now, without succumbing to the toxicity of society and its expectations. I live for me and me only, and will be the best person for myself that I can ever be!

So it is written. So it is done!

-JG

 

A Few Steps to Ease Your Stupid Disease

I’m not afraid to admit it – there are a lot of people who should practice their right to be silent rather than practicing their freedom of speech.

So, why am I saying this? Am I a fascist? Probably. I don’t know, but what I do know is that communication without proper filtering and daily practice can cause a viral like disease in humanity. The disease – stupidity.

By now, some of you are probably thinking that ship has sailed long ago. Sure, it may seem like it now because all you are doing is either reading the overly bias newspapers written by agenda driven journalists or you are staring at your facebook feed where all of your ‘friends’ post shit that makes it seem like the world is coming to an end.

Stupidity is easy to come by. You all have seen it or are living with it. It is highly contagious and unless you have taken the particular precautions to prevent the poisonous pest you will fall victim to its variety of virulent visages.

There are a few steps that can be taken to help ease your stupid disease. Follow the steps below for instant relief.

Step 1: Keep your opinions to yourself.

Step 2: Really, I don’t want to hear them.

Step 3: Do your fucking research.

Step 4: While you’re at it, start with a peer reviewed, scholarly journal and not some link on your facebook page.

Step 5: Worry about your own affairs, and no others.

Step 6:  Repeat the previous steps.

Here, I sit hoping that stupidity will soon have painful side-effects, but until that happens I will toast to the intelligent and wise. I raise my glass to you seekers of knowledge, truth, and wisdom!

-JG

Guilty Pleasure

I am a white, heterosexual male. How does that make you feel? I bet that pisses you off, doesn’t it? Yeah, I’ve noticed that my genetic and phenotypic make-up had been pissing a lot of people off lately. I keep hearing, more often than not, the blame of many social issues on such creatures as I. It has come to a point where I am essentially told that I should feel guilty for being what I am. This line is going to piss you off even more – I’m not.

I am not ashamed of who I am. I am happy to be what I am, and I am not sorry if it hurts your feelings. Sure, you can call me a dick, or a chauvinist, but at least I am doing my best to be me and do what makes me happy. I will not apologize for my existence, and will celebrate my life even more now that I know it makes you all butt-hurt about it.

This isn’t meant to be a bitch-fit diatribe, but rather a declaration to my irreproachability. I am a guilty pleasure because I take pleasure in the guilt that you try to place upon me. I take pleasure in the pain that my reality causes you. Ultimately, I will not fold into a beta male, because the liberal scum and urban elves say so. I will embrace my masculinity and continue to be the definition of man that I feel is correct for me.

-JG

When All’s Said And Done

As of late there have been people, friends and acquaintances alike, talking to me about the current TST doings and asking if I had read or heard of what they had recently posted on their Facebook or Twitter feed. This is a conundrum in which I am starting to get jaded. The problem here is they are trying to connect to me with an organization that I am not and will not ever be affiliated with. Don’t get me wrong I am glad they are reaching out and trying to connect with me and my system of belief. I think, ultimately, my friends and acquaintances are seeing the common ground – Satan.

Yes, the Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple have Satan in common. They both are using Satan as a symbol. That is as far as it goes from there. As far as I am concerned and what I have learned from the satanic philosophy of the Church of Satan is that it is a religion for individuals. The COS will never go out and fight for the rights of everybody. They will not go out and interrupt a prayer at a football game because it shows favoritism towards a specific religion. I think the only way that would happen is if it benefited them in some way, but the COS isn’t looking to pin a good-guy badge upon their lapel.

If you ask me, the TST seems to be more of a social activist cult rather than an individualist religion of the flesh. Satanism means vital existence, not throwing a temper tantrum like little kids who weren’t allowed to have a piece of candy before dinner. If the COS started acting like bratty children because they didn’t get their way you bet I would leave it instantly. However, they are mature, educated, self-interested, and hard-working adults. I have been following a few members and former members for years because of the work they have done. These people are highly functioning individuals making the world a better place for themselves not for you or me. They’re not riding on the coattails and feeding from the scraps of others. They’re doing what they love wholeheartedly and without guilt.

So, when all’s said and done, know that I have an alliance to the COS and not the TST. I don’t care about most social activist hogwash unless it benefits me and my goals. If it does me no good, why would I want to be a part of it? That’s why I like the Church of Satan. It will never be part of any social activist group. It’s about the individual’s choice, not the organization’s. Hail Satan!

-JG

Responsibility IS for the Responsible

As of late I have been seeing much finger pointing, blaming, and scapegoating on the news, on social media, and basic interactions with peers. I’ve heard feminists blame the current patriarchal state, democrats blame republicans, activists blame police officers, and gun victims blame the NRA.

Yeah, I get it and I do understand there are many social issues as there are stars. I also understand there are no easy solutions to these complex problems that these memes and thought viruses have been trying to portray on your social media feeds. Complex problems require complex solutions. However, there is a phenomenon that even well learned people forget – responsibility for the responsible.

Yes, this is the very tenet that Anton LaVey had written in the Satanic Bible. That is what I am talking about. These many people are putting the blame on the other to escape their responsibility for their own suffering. Don’t get me wrong, I understand there are people that had an injustice or two put upon them when there was nothing they could do, but I am talking about the people who point the finger, blame, and shame for their suffering, but do nothing to remedy the situation.

It is easy to point your finger, but what is your action plan other than extending your index finger out towards your supposed enemy? Are you going to stand up against your oppressor or will you only give lip service to the cause and then ride the blood stained coat tails of the people before you? Instead of holding on to that victim mentality push yourself and the others to show that you are the victor. No, not by whining or complaining, but by taking action!

If you need to get something done it helps to have people on your side. Being reprehensible towards them instead of educating them can create an even more powerful enemy – ignorance. Sure, it is easy to point out their ignorance, but that is an easy way to get them to be reprehensible towards you. Instead, show them how it may affect them or how it connects to their lives. Be an educator, not a preacher. Be respectful, not patronizing. Be vital, not a psychic vampire.

All in all, responsibility starts with you. You are responsible for you. Creating scapegoats for your issues is lazy and abhorring. Take that responsibility and stand up. It is yours and no one else’s. If I hurt your feelings I suppose you could blame me, but it is your responsibility on how you react to this.

-JG

A Not So Shorthand Rant

In this age of digital distortions and decadent distractions society forgets its origins. They are fed unfathomable amounts of information through our social network sites and blog feeds. The majority of it is ad hoc immunizing hypotheses with a heavy layering of an over reliance on anecdotes, and a dash of confirmation bias.

They once knew food came from the Earth, animals, and plants. Now, they know it comes from super stores and fast food joints. Their roots that used to feed deep from the land are now depleted because of the poisons complacency and apathy that ooze from their toxic minds.

People used to fight for what they wanted and now they throw temper tantrums like spoiled, self-entitled brats. Shit talking and name calling have replaced a good ol’ one-two.

Our heroes are no longer great warriors, athletes, or peace bringers – they are people who give lip service to ‘good causes,’ and they are ‘celebrities’ who are only famous for being complete idiots on reality television shows. Now, they praise the morally corrupt and shun the one who boldly stands erect to speak the brutal truth.

Finally, they no longer value strength, honor, and valor as virtues. They see weakness as strength, baseness as honor, and cowardice as valor. Society has become turned around living in a bonobo like state.

What am I getting at here? Just because there is so much sewage flowing from the everyday assholes in society doesn’t mean I have to be a part of it. What I do to turn all that shit around is be the best person I can. No, not by wearing a good-guy badge, but bettering myself for myself. Being above the status quo and doing what is best for me – just being me. HS!

-JG

 Why not walk?

While I wait for the campus connector bus at the U of M I had noticed an interesting phenomenon. I notice students getting on the bus to cross the bridge. It sounds normal, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell you that this bridge takes no more than a five minute walk to cross. There is even a building on the bridge to allow the students to protect themselves from the elements. It’s also heated for the winter months. What is the phenomenon? These kids would rather wait fifteen minutes for a bus than walk that bridge. The amount of time waiting for the bus they could have walked that bridge three times over.

This very observation reminded me of LaVey’s essay, “Why Walk?” from Satan Speaks! Exactly! Why walk? These kids have perfect legs for doing just that, but they would rather sit on their ass and wait for the bus instead of using their legs which would take them to their destination much quicker. Why put forth the effort?

My question is, why not walk? I will tell you the answer. There is this trend sweeping the nation which I can easily blame the current enabling society for, but it would be more accurate to put the responsibility of this trend on the breeders of the ‘me me generation.’ This trend is what I like to call the self-entitled, mediocrity conundrum.

These kids depend so much on other people to do the work for them, but at the same time need the recognition and a gold star just for showing up. When things do not go the way they want they bitch and moan and throw temper tantrums much like a two year old infant. Hell, I’ve seen infants behave better than these spoiled brats.

I see it all around. I see it at the workplace, restaurants, and I see it in class all the time. If the parents of such creatures would have just given them a swat instead of appeasing the child with treats and toys, or whatever the child demanded of them this mess wouldn’t be a problem. If these kids just put forth the energy in doing the work instead of whining about it they could just make it beyond mediocrity. I suppose it is a desire of mine to see the human race do better, but that requires work and work is hard. So, let’s just wait for the bus instead.

-JG