I understood the The Satanic Bible
Firstly it is a religion with occult practices, and not a science.
Many religions make claims to science, or use scientific terms, such as Christian creationists or the more Hindu "science of self-realization".
I didn't really find that with LaVey, except that he says man is perhaps the most destructive animal of all, which is not a scientifically validated
statement (although one could argue it as such).
Might can be right if that is what the person enjoys.
Why be hypocritical about it?
However, if the person enjoys giving and being meek, or even being a masochist, then there's nothing wrong with that.
As long as the person realizes it is his or her choice, and isn't guilt-tripped into giving away things by the fear of hell or divine retribution, or
by psychic vampires in the churches or other leeches in society.
Similarly, if the Satanist is truly sorry about something it is good not to do it again or make amends, but it should be a choice and not a guilt-trip
of confessing and groveling before hypocrites.
Satanists believe in the rule of law where there are victims and perpetrators (although some might say it is often far too lenient), so if one cannot
be mighty with responsibility, then they won't pity the person who faces the legal consequences.
Satanic psycho-drama through ritual is considered a legal way of channeling emotions.
Better to put some pins in a doll as a curse, than to let hatred boil over.
But Christians also pray that "vengeance is the Lord's" and resort to some rather hateful prayers and statements in their rituals.
Neither do they really believe in being meek (very few), or Gospel teachings on giving up material possessions.
What's cool about LaVey is his sheer honesty, whereas other religions often make their followers hypocrites or useful idiots.
I won't say LaVey is my only philosophy, but I'm glad I read his book.
In a country where almost everyone wants to take advantage of everyone, and most charity and begging is a scam of some variety (especially the self
appointed prophets and religious sociopaths, who truly believe might is right at all costs, even taking advantage of gullible sick people) I would say
it was a life-saver.
Thank you Anton LaVay!
Hip, hip hooray!
For Anton LaVey!
I think every person should read this book before leaving school, especially people with a moral conscience.
The point is not to change readers' morality, but to let them know that many people out there have no conscience, and they will eat them for breakfast
unless they decide very fast that they are the most important persons in their own lives, and who is worthy to be helped, and who will misread their
kindness for weakness and stick a knife in their backs.
The Church of Satan does not prescribe left or right politics, or for example, views on whether homosexuality is right or wrong.
Neither does it prescribe what people do sexually, or whether couples should remain monogamous or whatever else.
Might is right is thus the power of the individual to choose, but not to feel that they are being guilt-tripped or living in self-denial (unless they
get a kick out of it, but then it's good to admit that).
Neither should they feel they have to act on compulsion or be irresponsible, especially if they are conservative and value the care of the self.
There's also a lot of show and smoke and mirrors.
They believe that all religion is really showbiz.
It's not really a major religion with tons of converts, and its unlikely to ever be so.
That's just my personal take on LaVey's classic book, and not any kind of official view.
edit on 17-8-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)