Intelligence and Independence: The Missing StatementsPosted: July 14, 2012
The nine Satanic Statements of the Church of Satan are a common reference point for many of us even if we are not members of Anton Lavey’s organisation (or any of it’s derivatives). I find myself agreeing with most of the statements to some degree (sometimes only a small degree) although I have come to believe that two important things have been left out. Perhaps they are there implicitly but I feel they need to be stated. For reference, the original nine statements are as follows;-
1. Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence!
2. Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe-dreams!
3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates!
5. Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the other cheek!
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible, instead of concern for psychic vampires!
7. Satan represents man as 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!
8. Satan represents all the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
9. Satan has been the best friend of the church as he has kept it in business all of these years!
To these I would explicitly add;-
1o) Satan represents intelligence.
11) Satan represents independence.
To me these two missing statements give greater meaning to the others. So let’s look at some of them again…
Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence! Indeed he does; but intelligent indulgence. Keeping the eighth statement in mind as well, (Satan represents all the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification) we should take every opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh and all other forms of self gratification so long as they do not do us harm. We need to take intelligent precautions and be moderate where that is the wisest option. We need to be wary of addiction as that is a form of slavery and sickness which prevents us living as fully as we should. We should enjoy our food, our drinks, our smokes, our drugs, our rest and relaxation, without allowing any of those things to dictate how we live and enjoy the rest of our lives. In matters of sex we should take every precaution to stay in good health and avoid unhealthy and unwanted consequences. In short, for every degree of indulgence there should be an equal degree of intelligence. It is only in this way that you maintain your intrinsic independence.
Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the other cheek. I found this statement difficult when I first started investigating Satanism years ago because I didn’t see myself as a vengeful person while conversely I had seen too many people fatally consumed with hate and vengeance. I have since come to see vengeance as a logical progression of the concept of self responsibility that I always valued as a pagan and a witch. There is a place for it. However, vengeance must be entered into intelligently. In my opinion it should serve as much to teach a lesson as to punish. It must be proportionate and it should not consume too much of your time or energy. Without intelligence, vengeance can be wasteful and self defeating.
Satan represents man as 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! This may be true, but I sometimes question the way this statement is used and interpreted. Certainly humanity is another animal, we are all part of nature and I do believe we should embrace and celebrate that aspect of ourselves. We have certainly shown ourselves to be capable of the most vicious acts imaginable; however we should not allow that fact to define us because we have as a species also created beautiful works of art and have sometimes shown great compassion and kindness. Moreover our intelligence has changed our nature to some degree which I think means that some of the normal rules of evolution no longer apply to us. Therefore as we indulge our senses and our physical selves it is the effect on our mind and our intelligence that is most important. This is the tool our Lord has given us to reach our full potential and to live in real independence.
This last point leads me to question the degree to which Social Darwinism pervades some Satanic thought. But that shall be the subject of a future post.