I have concerns.
In the years that I have been a member of the Satanic community overall, I have seen many things, but one thing I am not seeing is something so important that its absence frightens me... Am I the only one that noticed the Satanic population's tribalistic absolution of our own hypocrisy here in Satanism? Or, am I simply one of the few who knows it to exist? I tremble to imagine it's tribalism, and plea to all that is good that it's only simple ignorance, and therefore not hypocritical in itself. I choose to believe that the problem we have here is lack of awareness toward the hypocrisies of Satanism, and I choose to believe that it is not willful.
But, why should Satanism stand alone against the same trials that we use to mock other religions? Is it somehow better, just because it's ours? Does something only deserve to be put to the test when it pisses us off?
Many of us came to find Satanism as if we were running from the steely hand of a tyrant (prior faith). It taught us important things, normal things, things like: "You do matter," and that's fine. That's well and good, don't think that it isn't what I am saying. Yes, we should appreciate what Satanism is, and what it has enabled within us.
However, we drown ourselves in this praise, don't we? Everything we do in social media spaces paints the philosophy in a positive light, and an echo chamber has evolved. Unfortunately, those echos get louder and weirder the more they bounce from person to person, and so it's no small wonder that their effects have poisoned the minds of some of us, and distorted what we know to be true in our hearts. It is devastating to me to see young people read through our philosophy and emerge invigorated by its more questionable opinions, having taken them as a new "red pill" that they are privy to in a world they have only just begun to live in. It makes me wonder if we are doing the right thing when I see any people ingrain these philosophies and beliefs as if they always belonged to them, rather than fearlessly facing off and deciding if it is WORTHY of such treatment.
I'm not going to provide examples here because it's not necessary: my point is that this is happening while people don't notice it. They don't notice it because they aren't treating Satanism like they would treat other religions. They aren't thinking critically about this system of beliefs. They treat it as if it is ordained by Satan and is infallible. ...We don't believe in either!!
Yes, it's concerning.
Psst. How many lines of the philosophy have you already thought to rebuke my statements with? If you're biting your tongue, eager to correct me, you may be one of those who this blog is written for, someone who needs to hear more than anyone else that this religion has its own hypocrisies and contradictions.
It's time to us to put our religion to the test, and call out what it is, the good, the bad, AND the ugly! It's time for us to courageously recognize the hypocrisy in Satanism, the contradictions, and the (yes) sales pitches! It's time for us to accept that NO religion is perfect, and we need to stop acting like Satanism is!
I fully expect that this blog is going to confuse some people, especially those who haven't expressed to me already that they share similar concerns. This isn't a direction I'm taking to cause or respond to the automatic arguments that I guarantee you will manifest in your mind. Rather, I'm tired of pretending that Satanism is something it isn't, and I believe that you cannot take the good without the bad. We must be able to recognize the pitfalls of our own religion. Only then can we declare mastery over it, rather than its ownership over us.
Let's begin our journey to look at Satanism through an honest lens. We can tackle this together, one step at a time, one hypocrisy at a time—and there's no time like the present. For those with that courage, I look forward to you joining me as I dive deeper into this subject in the weeks to come.
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