Disabilities in Satanism
There is something about Satanism, especially “traditional” atheistic Satanism codified by LaVey, that screams “narcissistic elitist egomaniac.” Of course, knowing we ‘LaVeyans’ as you do, you will know that this isn’t actually the case, but it does nevertheless dominate the opinion of society when we are center stage in its field of view. I struggle to pinpoint exactly where this comes from and in the end I find myself somewhat comfortable with the notion that it stems from all of the inspiration that Anton LaVey had from works such as “Anthem” and “Might is Right.” Dystopian struggle is a favored theme by many, and the idea of conquering the general glum and gloom of daily life to achieve what you want out of it is one of the things that we take pride in as Satanists. We spend our time in the pursuit of happiness, bettering ourselves, and enjoying this world in a deep capacity. Such being the case, it really doesn’t come to me by surprise then that there is something even more top secret in Satanic society, a stricter taboo of discussion than even SRA itself: Satanists with disabilities.
I find that people who have disabilities sometimes struggle with meeting their own needs due to shaming that society levies on them. In Satanism we have a micro-philosophy of, “Don’t burden other people with your problems unless they genuinely want to help you with them.” This way of thinking is extremely exclusionary toward those who are disabled. Why is this a problem? Anyone can become disabled. You can become disabled tomorrow. A vehicle may hit you and paralyze you and suddenly your life is completely different. Certainly I hope that never happens to you, but as far as examples go, that’s a pretty good one. People who have disabilities are no different from you or me. They’re just trying to live their life like everyone else and sometimes they need to do things a little differently in order to achieve the same end. We abled folks should not look down upon their work-arounds as “inconvenient,” because even if it’s a little different, they deserve to achieve the same happiness, betterment, and enjoyment of the world as we do. If we can have the expectation for ourselves to be able to pursue those things, we need to make sure that we aren’t ignorantly impeding others from doing the same—because if we are, we deserve to be impeded ourselves.
I was once asked by somebody about Satanism regarding those with disabilities. It was for my opinion, and although the question was easy to answer, the fact that it was asked in the first place really made me take a step back. The question was, “Could I still consider myself a Satanist even though I’m disabled.” You know what my answer was. “Yes.” Yes, a thousand times. Just because someone does something a little differently doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. To briefly touch on a modern topic in culture, we have a situation of some individuals who believe that the death of their child which could be prevented by vaccinations, is somehow not as bad as becoming autistic (it is a myth that vaccinations cause autism by the way). If we didn’t have people with autism in our society, we would never be able to get out of our own heads! We need diversity! We need perspective from people from all walks of life and just because someone may be as deaf as Beethoven does not mean that they are a burden to society nor that they cannot be the best sort of person out there: a Satanist. We all know what beauty Beethoven created for this world, and we know how much better it is for it.
You don’t need to be built like the Vitruvian Man to be considered a Satanist, and you certainly don’t need 10 fingers and toes to be considered a good one. For that matter, you don’t need much of anything physical except for the ability to live and the ability to make your life into the best experience for you. It doesn’t matter if you are physically handicapped or if you have an invisible disease such as Fibromyalgia or Lupus. You could have celiac disease or you could have blindness. There are countless contributions that you can make to the grand world around us, but what matters the very most is the contributions you make to your own. Don’t let anything hold you back, not your misconception about disabilities nor your unwillingness to face it.
Whoever you are: Ave Satanas!
Note from the author, 6/20/21
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Once I called myself a Christian, then an atheist, and a Satanist. At the end of the day, I'm just a person who is living her truth one day at a time. I'm interested in religion, its effects on the mind, the occult, and more. Learn more about me on the about page.