A smart phone can become a tyrannical burden on the user.
I purchased my first smart phone in 2016, within one month I was scammed out of £50 for something that I never signed up for, but was billed to my phone bill. My first experience of smart phones was an unhappy one. Earlier in 2017 I lost my smart phone in the park, a painful experience of what could have happened if I had a lot of personal information on it, someone returned the phone back to me.
My other issues with smart phones is they break easily, are easy to lose or steal, their poor battery life, their lack of privacy and security, the possibility of leaving the owner with huge bills, and their complexity to use. These devices can easily take over the owner’s life, like an ever-demanding screaming baby. I cannot wait to get rid of my smart phone when the contract ends in 2018.
Despite my criticism of smart phones I am excited about the advances of technology where with a device one can talk to a tree and get directions to the railway station, or the augmented reality technology like Pokemon uses to layer one reality over another. However, I think there are alternative devices to smart phones for the purposes of interacting with the external environment, perhaps a Harry Potter-like wand that can call up a screen on a wall of a building.
I also think that when doing financial transactions using a smart phone there is too much risk of a third-party gaining access to the owners bank account or personal data, and stealing money. However, I am aware that with a plain text phone the African nations have a highly advanced payment system using text messages, a way of transacting business that the smart phones in the West have been unable to develop in any meaningful way.
I am the master of the tool, and the smart phone often is the master of the user. From 2018 I shall return to use of the text phone, and the liberty that goes with that.
Choice, master or slave to technology?
The Satanist is the master of their own life above all external authorities. The Satanic path is where self is master and never slave, this includes technology.
Everyone thinks they are liberated compared to the past, the truth is technology for most people has made them more the slave. How many people are slaves to their smartphone and Facebook?
I purchased my smartphone a year ago, within a month I had been subject to a theft of £50 by a third party app called tap4fun that had taken money from my telephone provider without my knowledge and consent. I lost trust in smartphones after that. When my contract ends in a year, I will stop using smartphones altogether.
I have two Facebook accounts. Recently, my business Facebook account started sending spam to all my customers. What pissed me off was I did not know how that happened, nor did my investigations enlighten me. I closed down both my Facebook accounts, including my Satanist Facebook account.
As Satanist, if I am going to use any technology, I am the master, if I feel the service or product is forcing me into a slavish position where I am the loser, it is gone. Technology is complicated, flawed with security issues, and works against the user, as a Satanist I have low tolerance for the shit I have experienced with smartphones and Facebook, and I manifested the black flame of my will to banish them from my life.
I am the only god in my life.
Technology either liberates or enslaves. Technology is a tool, the individual is either the slave or the master of the tool. This blog post addresses the relationship between Satanist and technology, based on two principles:
- The Satanist is the principle authority over their own life.
- Satanism is a path of wisdom born of experience.
The smartphone is a tool, an example of a technology that many individuals use each day.
When there is an accident, or a beautiful rainbow or a child is singing a funny song, the instinctive reaction of many is to film it on their smartphone. The smartphone causes the individual to have a relationship to the event of observer rather than of experience, there is no wisdom born of this action. Technology commonly becomes the barrier of experience, the individual is the perpetual onlooker, an activity of ignorance rather than of wisdom.
Many individuals post their photos and film to social media. Their motivation for this activity is the seeking of approval of others. The individual becomes the slave of the judgement and approval of external authorities to praise them for the content they shared and posted to social media.
How many allow their smartphone to spy on them, or allow marketing people to cold call and spam them with unwanted products and services? In these situations the individual is the slave to the smartphone.
The smartphone is an example of the many interactions the individual has with technology, the question is if the individual is the master or slave, and if their tool is one that enhances wisdom through experience, or consigns the individual to ignorant passivity as an observer of their life and environment.
The ideal of technology becoming alike to a daemonic familiar.
People in the movie Golden Compass had a constant spirit companion called a daemon, similar to the idea that Satanists in bygone years had daemonic familiars acting in their service. I consider the ideal technological tool to be a living organic entity in the service of their user. The tool in this situation places the individual always in a position of authority and experience rather than as a passive observing slave. The Satanist always has the choice to examine their relationship with technology at each moment, asking the question of if in that moment they are master or slave, and on the path of wisdom through experience or of ignorance as a passive observer.