Satanic Rule 3: respect peoples spaces

Each week I give my opinion on each of eleven Satanic rules of the Church of Satan. Rule number three is as follows:

“3. When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.”

This is a rule I totally agree with.  This blog for example is my lair, I created a few policies for this blog here. Readers who comment on my blog know where they stand if they read my blog  Respecting my policies is respecting me in my lair.

Here is my space in the world, you enter my space, respect me.  Makes sense.  Some Christian churches ban gay people from being married in their church, I have no problems with that, their space, their lair.  If the same Christians seek to impose bans on gays living in my community, I will have a problem with that, public spaces are not personal spaces or lairs.  If a Muslim comes to USA and hates Americans drinking alcohol and female freedoms, why did they come to live in the USA? Go back and live in a Muslim nation. Likewise, what right do the Western nations have to create western values in Muslim nations?

This is a good rule to live by, respect my space, I respect your space, everyone is happy.

Satanism and the media

Two Satanic personalities who have built up their own strong Satanic brands recently clashed on the Satanic forum known as 600club on the subject of Satanism and the media.  The first personality is a Zachary Schroeder who refers to himself in Satanism as Zach Black, who built up a strong following on YouTube, runs his own Satanic forum and appeared on a US comedy show.  The second personality is a businesswoman called Alison Jones, who uses Satanism to market her successful business brand.

Like most Satanists we have large egos, and the clash between Schroeder and Jones descended into a juvenile flame war.  The essence of the argument is how influential Satanism is in the media.

I personally have considerable experience in television, radio and newspapers, but for reasons of professionalism I keep my Satanism apart from my outside world activities.  My attitude to the media is blase, easy to manipulate, a tool to an ends.

For the novice, appearing on television is cool, and they feel that they are important after gaining their fifteen minutes of fame.  I see or read it often that the Satanist after appearing on a chat show lets the fame go to their heads, then thinks they are the ultimate authority on everything Satanic.  Zachary Schroeder carried his part in the comedy show well, but he and others need a reality check.  Satanism will forever be a minority outlook of individualism, it will never be universally accepted or adopted, we Satanists will mostly be in the shadows manifesting our own wills silently and anonymously.  Those few Satanists that rise into the media spotlight will always be highlighted as freaks, curiosities and beasts, the patsy of joke and condemnation.  Most Satanists such as me appear in the media, but never reveal our Satanism, but are highly effective in what we do.

The world of show business is a world of illusion and fantasy, nothing is real.  Satanism fits in well to show business, but is limited by stereotypes defined by Christian and storyteller.  Satanists fight against stereotypes, but the Satanist is no god in the entertainment industry, they must play as like puppets to the whim of market people and producer to stereotypes.  I bring Schroeder down with a bump when I say he is a patsy rather than a mover and shaker in the media.  Nor is Schroeder a mover or shaker of Satanism, for we all manifest our own unique wills, I move in my own way, Satanic Temple move in another, Alison Jones moves in another.

Ideally as individuals we use our disguises and manipulate the media in our own manner. In achieving our ends we leave our Satanism under our bed, we reveal nothing of our Satanism, we play the games the media plays, and turn those fantasies around to our benefit.

Satanic Rule 2: Keep your troubles to yourself

Each week I give my opinion on each of eleven Satanic rules of the Church of Satan. Rule number two is as follows:

2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.

Church of Satan claims that the Satanist pursues their beast-like nature in pursuit of their carnal desires. Is it also a part of human nature to share personal problems with others? How does anyone know you have personal troubles in order to ask you about them?

Like many rules this rule sucks, because it makes no allowances to exceptions to the rule.  What happens if you are a child being raped by the local Catholic priest, do you tell your parents, or is it unSatanic in the words of Anton LaVey to tell anyone your troubles? What about the individual suffering work related stress, should they tell their boss they are being overworked, or is this unSatanic?

I personally hate being burdened by other people’s troubles, but that is a personal attitude of mine.  If I am a boss or parent, then there is a legal responsibility to investigate and remedy personal troubles of those individuals the authority figure looks after.  There has been personal instances where I have kept my troubles to myself, then dug a hole for myself.

In conclusion this is one Satanic rule that I personally can kick into the trash can of history.

Satanic Rule 1: Giving Opinions and Advice

I am going to get into a regular habit of posting once a week on a Sunday, starting with dealing with the eleven rules of the Church of Satan.  I will deal with each of the rules in turn, giving my view on each.

1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.

This rule was created in 1967 when most people had no internet let alone a computer.  But in the era of mass internet communications everybody is encouraged to give their opinion and advice on everything.  This is one of the rules that makes the Church of Satan look backward.

This is one of the rules authority figures would like the masses to follow, to be silent unless invited to speak.  The old-fashioned statement “children should be seen but not heard.”

Looking at other Satanic rules in contrast to this rule I have the impression that Anton LaVey considers that Satanists should respect the freedom of others, that giving advice and opinion is a form of control, an infringement on the individualism of others.  Like any rule, the Satanist find themselves in a moralistic dilemma when exceptions to the rule arises.  Do you let your children play with matches and burn the house down, or do you give opinion and advice? What about if an authority figure is carrying out activity which is infringing personal freedoms, does the Satanist give their opinion about this or stay silent?

Satanists are freedom loving individuals, following imposed rules by others places limits upon personal expression and the empowerment of the individual. If I was to follow the rule of giving no opinions then this satanicviews blog would not exist.  I get the impression Anton LaVey wrote the Satanic Rules out one boring day on a train with no thought to the consequences.  The Church of Satan is at odds with the modern world with rules such as this, and even they now through their blogs and media interventions give their opinions and advice.

In my opinion this rule limits personal freedom and favours the authority figure.

Satanic Responsibility

Zachary Schroeder aka Zach Black who owns and runs the Satanist forum Satanic International Network recently boasted to his followers that he had been carted off to hospital due to his drinking problem.

Now I ain’t being moralistic and I am all for living in the hedonistic pleasure, but we Satanists enjoy a unique path of individualism free from the slavery of others, which includes being responsible for our own actions.  It is easy playing the rebel Satanist on someone’s dime, for instance the charity of parents or welfare, but try being a Satanist and paying your own way in life.  When you are out there alone living off your own wits and money you are the true Satanic individual, in this reality you starve if you can’t raise money, and then you see how health is important.

As a Satanist I don’t want others charity, nor their care, I am walking my own path free of slavery.  If someone ends up in hospital because they screwed up their body, why should I have to pay for their care? Those maggots should be laid out in a room and left to rot and die.  Those Satanists who think I should pay the care bills for their self-inflicted health problems can go die.  If a Satanist is going to be the self empowered individual, it follows that good health is part of the Satanic way, self-abuse leading to hospitalization and disability on my dime is not Satanism.