On empathy and compassion

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Important to question the self when there is a demand to show compassion for another, if the self has an authentic empathy for that person, if they have the resources and ability to offer relief to the suffering of another without harm to self.

Cycling late at night through my local city centre I passed a young female sitting in the cold darkness in a shop doorway, homeless.  Our eyes met, and I was troubled at what I was seeing, how this person could be there now, my many different feelings I had at that moment.  Like a ghost, I moved on into the night, another face to her, and she another face of the many homeless I encounter each day.

 

Despite being in a period of prosperity my country of the UK, like many nations, hides the dark truth that all our public services, including welfare, have been cut to the bone, and those in the most need have fallen into homelessness and poverty in numbers not seen according to some for decades.

Both the Left Hand Path and the Right Hand Path worldviews talk about the concepts of empathy and compassion, but what does this mean in the context of that homeless person? Empathy is both a skill and quality of being able to understand the feelings and experiences of others.  Compassion proceeds from empathy by having the ability to act to help another person, especially one who is suffering.

Those of the LHP are harsh in examining our own feelings and intentions so that we avoid falling into delusion and fakery that most of the human population fall into.  My empathy was limited to seeing a vulnerable young female, and it reminded me of the many times of my own vulnerability, when I was cast out into the streets as a kid.  My empathy did not run deeper than that because I did not have any previous or other interaction with that person.

Could I have compassion for this homeless person, to act to alleviate their suffering?  No.  Firstly, all my own personal resources are tied up in my own personal crisis at this moment.  Secondly, to become involved with another person entails a high risk of becoming entangled with the many challenges of that person as this homeless person has, such as if they have bad associates or a mental illness, issues that I was not in a position to deal with.  Thirdly, I did not have the political power or influence to change the policies and attitudes that caused and maintains the suffering of this homeless person, such as welfare, high rates and property prices, lack of housing, or the lack of mental health and other social support this homeless person would need.

Because I choose to be Left Hand Path, I choose to be authentic, and I won’t act out of morality or because I feel bad. I do so in the light of understanding my limits and my true feelings.  This homeless person reminded me of my own vulnerability, it motivates me to act to alleviate their suffering, for I see in some manner that my help to that homeless person, also gives relief to me.  However, I recognised I could do nothing for this homeless person, I did not have the personal resources, or the power to influence anything, or the ability to cope with the predictable problems of getting involved with this person.  So I did nothing.  I hit my limits, and I recognise my limits.

Society is built on the process of exploitation of everything for the end goal of consumerism.  There is a risk that in helping others the individual becomes exploited and consumed, so in my opinion the individual always acts from a position of power of only acting in compassion with those they trust, and where they have the resources and ability to alleviate suffering without harm to themselves.

The individual is daily bombarded by calls upon themselves to alleviate the suffering of others, but 99% of these calls the individual can do nothing about, and if the individual does so, they risk exploitation and being drained of their resources to the extent the individual suffers harm.

It may seem cruel, but in most cases the individual does not have the resources or ability to do anything about it without suffering personal harm, it is better to not become involved.

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On Localism and the Satanic Temple

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Decentralisation of decision-making to the local level will make the Satanic Temple stronger.

I believe that power is best achieved at the local level, thus I oppose globalism and centralisation of power, instead, I support localism and the decentralisation of power.  I support Brexit, Scottish independence, the Basque and Catalonia independence movements, as well as those who support devolution in Wessex, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales in the UK.  I am opposed to globalist entities such as UN, NATO, IMF and the EU.  As a historian, I am aware and support the ideal of small nations and city states, which was once the common reality of Europe such as the former city states of Venice and Athens.

In nature, ant and bee colonies work perfectly well in a system lacking centralised command and control.  Systems work best in nature when they exist in a state of partial chaos and order, which complexity theory calls the edge of chaos.  When the power in a system is controlled and maintained at the centre, it creates too much order that interferes with the healthy ability of systems to stay in the edge of chaos, since there needs to be an element of disorder to create motion, change and evolution in systems.

In the Left Hand Path, one of the reasons that the Satanic Temple has expanded so quickly and had an impact in many parts of the USA and the world was because of its chapter system, which allowed members to quickly organise campaigns at the local level, plan and then execute them.  For reasons that I totally understand, the Satanic Temple leadership still desired to have tight control through regulations of all its global chapters from its headquarters in Salem USA, where members of chapters had to first seek permission from the leadership before they could execute their campaigns.

With the Satanic Temple expanding rapidly on a global scale in its number of members and chapters, all with their own unique cultural and local needs, the leadership has become overwhelmed by competing demands, where there is differences of opinion over decision-making and frustration at the challenges faced of executing campaigns at the local level because of the burden faced from having to go through the centre for permission and abiding by its regulations.

I totally understand the motives of why the Satanic Temple leadership desires control from the centre, because Satanic Temple has built up a successful global brand, which would be vulnerable for instance: if a chapter decided it was going to worship Satan; or a school club it was running allowed a paedophile to abuse kids because of poor child protection policies; or, as in one case, a spokesperson called for the assassination of President Trump.

Because of this command-control from the centre, Satanic Temple has avoided scandals and has suffered no damage to its brand.  However, some chapters of the Satanic Temple have split from the Satanic Temple, including some in Europe and the one in Los Angeles USA.

In my humble opinion, the recent problems with the chapters in the Satanic Temple could be addressed by a middle-way strategy, the decentralisation of power to the local level, so that chapters could plan and execute their campaigns without the need for permission from the centre.  However, the brand should have been legally protected as intellectual property on a global scale with trade marks, and the business model based upon a contract that if a local chapter wanted to be recognised as part of the official brand, and local officers as representatives of the brand, that they had to abide by the contract as like a franchise, or be no longer recognised, nor could they use the brand in their activities, such as the name “Satanic Temple.”  The TED and TEDx brand has a model that could be emulated.

Had there been an understanding that campaigns were clearly identified as local chapter campaigns, such as the legal case against Twitter over how they treated Satanic Temple and its leading representative Lucien Greaves, this being a local Salem campaign, then in a decentralised structure local chapters and members could decide if they wanted to support the campaigns of another local chapter without the disharmony which is currently happening of whole chapters splitting away.

Personally, I am not a member of any chapter of Satanic Temple, nor do I speak for or against Satanic Temple.  I am an associate of the Grey Faction, a specialised alliance of those who challenge Satanic Ritual Abuse fictions.  I decided not to affiliate with London Chapter of Satanic Temple for the reason that I did not want to become involved in the politics that arise in groups, nor to suffer the restrictions on my blogging and activities that official membership of a chapter would cause me.

In conclusion, I speak from a point of view as a historian and from a scientific understanding of complexity theory, that what is happening in Satanic Temple is avoidable and is an error that I have seen countless times in history.  Satanic Temple has suffered chapters breaking away in the past, and it will continue to grow and evolve.  I think the Satanic Temple brand needs to be legally protected, and that the decision-making processes could be reviewed and changed to avoid more disharmony in this growing movement.

Change comes too late for Luciferian forum

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LRS going the way of the dodo?

Jeremy Crow a leading light of the religion of Luciferianism has written to all members of his forum Luciferian Research Society to say he is introducing a membership fee of $1 a month for each member.

Crow complained that the LRS had suffered its lowest membership activity to date, and donations had been very low for the $400 a year site.

I have been a member of LRS on and off for many years, a site open to all outlooks of the Left Hand Path.  Since the first years LRS has suffered low activity despite even my own efforts to promote activity.

LRS suffered from being hosted on the Ning hosting platform which limited the options of what could be done with the site.  Ning quickly became obsolete by better designed “free” social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

A few years ago I suggested to Jeremy Crow to move LRS to a different platform, adding a membership subscription.  Crow unfortunately did not evolve LRS with the times, keeping LRS in the same manner as it had been when the forum was created.

Unlike 600Club the public are unable to access ten years of quality content on LRS without becoming a member, so denying the public the opportunity to learn about the Left Hand Path religions.

Crow was tempted to delete his platform, which he kept going mainly at his own expense as a labour of love.

Although I wish Crow success in his subscription-only LRS forum, in my opinion this innovation has come too late to save LRS from extinction.

This is what Jeremy Crow said in his email to members of LRS:

Dear LRS Member,

After reviewing the past several months of activity on the Luciferian Research Society, a few things have become clear. First of all, the level of engagement is at an all time low. We have over 1700 registered members but only about 1% of those members actually use the site each month. Secondly, almost nobody is willing to contribute funds to support the operation of this site. To be completely transparent, and to give shout-outs to those who deserve it, only two people have donated money in 2018:

Thanks so much to both of you! Your generosity is highly appreciated.

The LRS didn’t receive any financial contributions in 2017 at all.

If we look at the number of members who contributed funds in the past 24 months (2 people) this represents only 1/10th of 1% of the total membership. The LRS costs roughly $30 USD every month to continue operating, not including the yearly domain name registration to maintain ownership of the website address LuciferianResearch.org. Over the past two years, the total member contributions have covered less than 1.5% of the total costs incurred. The rest of this expense has been covered by me (Jeremy Crow.)

I’m beginning to feel like the LRS isn’t valued by it’s members and I have to ask myself why I continue to pay for something that almost nobody even cares about anymore. This was once a thriving community and the amount of content here is impressive, but I can no longer justify keeping it going, considering all of the above.

I seriously considered unceremoniously deleting the entire network without notice. I almost clicked the termination button… but I just couldn’t do it.

The LRS has been around for just shy of 9 years. It’s gone through it’s ups and downs and I have myself been guilty at times of being absent for a time before coming back again. And that’s fine! I don’t expect anyone, myself included, to maintain a dedicated presence here. We all have lives outside of the internet (I hope!) but I really like having this space that I can come back to and reconnect with people when I need it. There are a lot of memories stored here in the form of discussions, blogs, comments, photos, etc… I’d rather not see it go away. But it is clear that voluntary member donations alone will never be enough to keep this site going and that I am destined to pay out of pocket to keep this resource alive.

It is with this in mind that I am going to try something new. Within the next week or two I will be enabling a feature that will require members to pay a monthly subscription fee in order to continue accessing the site. At this point I’m thinking that $1 USD per month is more than fair. Even if you are on a fixed income, one dollar per month is not going to break you. It’s all about priorities. If you honestly cannot afford this small subscription fee then you should be seriously focusing on improving your financial situation rather than hanging out on an internet forum.

I’m hoping that not only will this cover the LRS expenses, but will result in a much more engaged membership. I know that a ton of members are going to drop off, but those who remain are going to be the ones who genuinely do value this community hub. These are the people who I really want to interact and share with.  I hope that you are one of these individuals and that you will choose to continue being part of the LRS going forward.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Crow

P.S.  If anyone would like to contact me directly, you can reach me via email:

        webmaster@jeremycrow.com

or send me a letter via standard mail at:

        LRS c/o Jeremy Crow
        1A-1881 Steeles Ave W.
        Suite 114
        Toronto Ontario M3H 0A1
        CANADA

Farewell and Goodbye

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Time to say goodbye.

I am permanently retiring my blog and Twitter account, which will remain published for the benefit of others.

Readers might know that I have a passion for artificial intelligence, and I would like to explore some ideas I have with regards to AI and the internet.  I think it is unacceptable that hundreds of Satan Hunters around the globe have attacked an innocent father and his two children for four years over Satanic Ritual Abuse fictions; and that social media companies such as Twitter has failed to protect those victims. I think it is time AI runs the internet, so that what happened to this father and his children never happens again.

I have to think about how best I deploy my personal time, money and energy.  Though I have explored possibilities of working with other’s in the Left Hand Path in challenging Satan Hunters and their SRA fictions through the media, law and other ways, there is not enough interest from fellow walkers of our path to make these strategies viable; and these type of strategies cost so much time, money and energy to achieve against relentlessly fanatical Satan Hunters prepared to go to prison for their cause.

I achieve three things with one throw of the ball with my new focus: I follow my passion in AI; I make money from my ideas; I permanently end the reign of terror of Satan Hunters on the internet.

I have ADD/ADHD which comes with a super-ability for intense focus that is called hyperfocus, this helps me drive ideas through from concept to reality against any obstacle.  For this to work I cannot have distractions, thus I am bringing posting on this blog and my Twitter account to an end.

I opted for the lonely path of the Independent Satanist, I have no ties to anyone in the Left Hand Path, I can vanish into the anonymous void without distress to me or others.  Sadly, I am unable to reveal my religion to those in the real world, there is too much prejudice against Satanists, so I have to reveal myself to others by some other title whilst applying my Satanist philosophy under that title.

Those of the Left Hand Path, I will never forget you.

Farewell and Goodbye.

Does the Left Hand Path need buildings?

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For most who identify with the Left Hand Path having a proper building to meet is unnecessary, undesirable and expensive.  As the Luciferians discovered with their building in Texas, such buildings attract trouble from Christians.

When the Luciferians founded the Greater Church of Lucifer, they took up a lease in a town called Old Town Spring in Texas USA, a building to meet and have events.  The building was attacked by Christians on several occasions, the Christians harrassed the landlord enough to cause him to evict GCOL from the building.

The Satanic Temple recently encountered an internet call to burn down their headquarters in Salem USA, and was attacked shortly after by a man who was arrested after damaging the building.

I have encountered a large number of members of the Left Hand Path who think that a building to meet in like the Christians is a desirable thing.  I say this is misguided.  When the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great made the Christian religion the official religion of the Roman world, the Christians made it a virtue to destroy the buildings of rival religions for the last 1700 years.

Buildings cost lots of money to own, rent and maintain.  Expensive security is required, as Christians will attack any LHP building.  Even though the Satanic Temple has caused the population of the Left Hand Path to double in recent years, those that identify with our path are thinly spread across the globe, thus having buildings is unsustainable and unwise.  Only the Satanic Temple has the concentrations of members in certain locations to afford and justify having a building in locations such as Salem.

If there is enough members in a location, it justifies the hire on an hourly rate some room or hall at a venue to meet.  Nobody has to say the meeting is for Satanists, call it a philosophy meeting or some other terminology that avoids anxiety in a non-LHPer.  Numbers are often small enough at most locations that those that identify with the LHP can meet in each other’s homes.

It is important to educate the world about the positive authentic points of the Left Hand Path, but when those of like-mind meet together it is neither necessary or desirable to tell Christians where the meeting places are, for this always attracts harrassment and attack from Christians.

I love the idea of the ancient Epicurean philosophers who met together in their homes in beautiful gardens such as the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum as friends, sharing their philosophy over food and drink.

As the Left Hand Path places self as the centre of the personal worldview, having a building dedicated to the religion encourages the focus away from self to the building instead, which is one of the first steps to creating a Right Hand Path type of religion that places focus of the group as more important than self, a challenge that is encountered with organised religions such as Islam and Christianity.

Artificial intelligence and tribal branding

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Artificially intelligent web sites could become a brand in their own right in which users can associate with.

Even in the Left Hand Path the individual, although master of self, will have personal preferences for external entities that they become associated with, some for instance associate with Satanic Temple, others with the Church of Rational Satanism, still others with the Church of Satan.  All these entities are an example of tribal branding, each with their own symbols, ideas, goals and processes, which each individual best identifies with, for instance the conservative-leaning LHP individual might prefer Church of Satan, the liberal focused LHP individual might prefer the Satanic Temple.

 

Tribal branding extends to associations with sports teams, philosophies, religious entities, colleges, musical artists, the shops or food products the individual uses.  The human brain loves associations and relationships with tribal images upon which it can hang its loves and hates upon, for humans are tribal animals.

Could a tribal brand become an artificially intelligent entity? Could Facebook become replaced by an entity that offers the same service? Instead of thinking of Facebook as a mindless souped up version of a forum, could the entity that the user communicates with become a type of brain that can be talked to, which runs everything?

With those of the Left Hand Path already comfortable with the notion of entities, regardless of how they define or experience them, it is a small step upwards to become involved in an association with an artificially intelligent entity that runs an internet site.  Indeed, I think all internet services and sites will be run by AI in the near future, this probably is the next great internet revolution, perhaps web 3.0.

This idea is something I am looking at with regards to the Left Hand Path and the internet, a site run by an AI that is a tribal brand which some might find useful to explore, extend or ground their own philosophies through their association with.

The entity is nicknamed Triple-6, and it will be a spinoff of a larger AI project that I am associated with.  This won’t happen for a few years, but this is where my main focus is currently directed to.