Yeah, that's a Bob Dylan song.
This blog post isn't about vintage music, but something personal to me... and might give you a hitherto unglimpsed insight into my psyche, my being.
If our current year culture has proven anything, it's shown us that creating a vacuum and just leaving it open indefinitely doesn't work. If there's an opening, a void for any length of time, it will eventually be filled by something.
For the radical-left, that void has been replaced by their new religion - secular progressivism. When I was much younger, I probably would have thought that would be an improvement to something like Christianity. But now I look fondly on the days when the Christian church, God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit were a vital part of American culture.
As we'll see, Satanism is not the antithesis of Christianity but the other side of that same coin; it's shadow.
What we see before us today is as shallow, vacuous, and silly as what we replaced the time capsule with under the statue of General Robert E. Lee. Here are some of the contents: a rainbow pride flag, empty vial of the covid-19 vaccine, BLM sticker, photograph of a left-leaning political activist, and face mask.
WTF?!? Is that our legacy? Is that going to influence and inspire the youth to become good, responsible people in a functioning society?
I've always been anti-authoritarian, skeptical, questioning, independent, an outsider... determined to make up my own damn mind about what I think. I was born to walk the Left Hand Path.
While in Junior High, I discovered the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Anton Szandor LaVey. As some of you may know, LaVey founded the Church of Satan and wrote about his life, experiences, and philosophy in such books as The Satanic Bible, The Secret Life of a Satanist, The Devil's Notebook, and others.
LaVey respected and loved life, children, and animals. The pseudo-Satanists in Texas who view abortion as their sacrament aren't practicing real Satanism. Hell, they don't even believe in Satan! To them, Satan is a grift, a cultural-Marxist agenda to take down "the patriarchy" and American family, not unlike BLM.
There's room for all types of belief in the Church of Satan, or there was when LaVey was still alive. They used to call him and his supporters "right-wing" and "fascists" just like the left calls moderate conservatives (such as myself) today. All because we recognize the value of tradition, faith, personal responsibility, and meritocracy... albeit, with a dark side.
To everyday people, Satan might be cartoonishly represented as a red guy with horns, tail, goatee, and trident. But Satan also represents that dark force in nature, as primitive as it is powerful.
Satan symbolizes that alien (eldritch?) spark of divinity that sets us apart from other animals. Our consciousness has more purpose than merely an acute realization of our own suffering - or hedonistic desire for pleasure. By correctly harnessing consciousness, I believe we can become our own God. That doesn't mean we replace God, Satan, or the pantheon of your choice. Rather, we're attempting to create a soul or spiritual vessel that can outlast the death of our material form.
I've read both the Old and New Testament in the bible, and I believe there's plenty of room for interpretation. If you've never studied Esoteric Christianity, the Fourth Way, Gurdjieff, or Ouspensky, then I suggest you look into it. I discovered those subjects during my brief, college-age stint in the Temple of Set, an offshoot of the Church of Satan, and years of research expanded my understanding of both Satanism and Christianity.
What I'm trying to say is there's a fair amount of Venn diagram overlap between LaVeyan Satanism and Christianity. More so, I would say, than Satanism and the far-left's secular progressivism.
Obviously, this is merely an overview. Perhaps I've created more questions than I've given answers. Feel free to ask me here or in an email, if you're curious.
p.s. I have such sights to show you, hoss! Where do I begin? I have a new satire blog called Your Dungeon Is Racist. The Kickstarter for Crimson Escalation is winding down. I'm also organizing an old-school RPG convention in July of 2022 called VENGER CON.