Tipping Cows In Fields Elysian

by Jake Block

There is an overriding theme in much of today’s Satanism that if we just get rid of Christianity… Muslims… Herd Mentality… The Shamwow guy, or any popular target for our disdain, the world would be a much better place, as if somewhere, somehow, a Satanic Utopia would be any less boring than any other Utopian dystopia.  It’s the ultimate herd mentality of “we are right” that has somehow become a mass sociogenic delusion, accepted as it stands as inviolate and sacrosanct.  Now, I will grant you that in the Western sphere of influences, Satanism would seem to be pitted against the Abrahamic religions, as they are those that dominate the majority number of adherents, however, those who choose Satanism’s banner simply because it opposes either or both sides of that coin might be surprised to find that they’ve missed the mark.  While Satanism is, indeed, at odds with the Abrahamic religions, it is also opposed to any and all faith based religions or philosophies that seek to control or dominate; to limit man’s expression or logical inquisition into the “rules” of the world in which he lives.
The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey (Book of Satan) states:
“I stand forth to challenge the wisdom of the world; to interrogate the “laws of man and of “God!”
“I request reason for your golden rule and ask the why and wherefore of your ten commandments.”
“Before none of your printed idols do I bend in acquiescence, and he who saith, “thou shalt” to me is my mortal foe!”
It’s not about rebelling against Christianity or even Abrahamic religion.  It’s about rebelling against any form of control based on dubious authority, or rules that are in opposition to our personal desires.    This idea was brought home in the 1953 movie The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando.  The lead character, Johnny, played by Marlon Brando is asked, “Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”  To which, he answers, “What have you got?”
While Satanism’s bugaboo of choice when LaVey penned The Satanic Bible was Judeo-Christanity and “religionists” in general, he was writing in context to what his expected readership would most likely relate to, and in 1960s America, that would have been Christianity and the Abrahamic religious schools of thought.  Had he emerged from a culture that championed Buddhism or Hinduism, it might well have reflected a disdain for the mandates of religious adherence in thought and deed that accompany those control mechanisms.  If coming from a culture with absolutely no religious or dogmatic controls, he might well have been writing about resistance to militarism, rampant corporatism, corv’ee servitude, or any other mandate that might be seen as an oppression on the human spirit.
Even in an Anarchic or Utopian society, those possessed of the spark that ignites into the Black Flame of Satanism would find that there are aspects of their society that chaff them… make them conform against their wishes, or kow tow to the cultural mold in one way or another, and in this, require them to react and resist.  Not “bitching just to bitch,” mind you, but exercising their inalienable right to challenge the whys and wherefores, to examine and reject, and to form their own opinions based solely on personal dictates based on individual need.  The Satanist is the spirit of resistance and the questioning of all things, and is not dependent upon religious oppression and dogma for their inspiration.
Wherever there is a threat to free thought or personal liberty, there will be someone to challenge.  Wherever someone demands compliance, there will be someone to say, “No.”  Wherever there is a culture of involuntary servitude, there will be someone to bend and break the rules, even at the risk of their own existence.  Where ever there are sacred cows, there will be a Satanist to tip them.

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