Cleansing the Palette
Cleansing the Palette
by Jake Block
“Close your eyes and try to sleep now
Close your eyes and try to dream
Clear your mind and do your best to try and wash the palette clean”
— We Belong (Pat Benatar)
It’s been 53 years since Anton LaVey stood to rend the gossamer curtain of religion that the world had been convinced was an impregnable wall. He smashed the wall when he proved that a man, borne of conviction, could dismiss “god” and wrest control of his destiny in the name of self and one’s innate sovereignty. Others have added their voices and the whisper of 1969’s The Satanic Bible has become a roar with the voices of millions who’ve found that the myths of Christianity, and other Abrahamic codes served only to enslave and have become obsolete in the “new age of Satan.”
Still, today, we see that many people out there, who were quick to take on the devil’s mantle, proclaiming themselves free, but refuse to cast off the chains they claim no longer bind them. They still find the need to wail and gnash their teeth at the proven impotency of the religious programming of which they claim to have divested themselves. Can there be a clearer description of LaVey’s comment that some are “playing the devil’s game without taking the devil’s name.” They read his words and twisted themselves to fit the mold, but inefficiently, like that proverbial square peg in the round hole. They are still enslaved by the master they claim to have rejected and bested.
“You’ve been told many times before
Messiahs pointed to the door
And no one had the guts to leave the temple!”
— I’m Free (The Who)
When one is simply playing at rebellion in using whatever master they claim to reject, they quite often rant and bluster, trying to prove to others (and indeed themselves) that they and they alone are “The master of their fate and the captain of their soul.” But, as with all addicts, fear to stray too far from that control element that oppressed them, and cutting it off clean and moving on. True rebellion requires a clean cutting off from the oppressor and moving on without them to grow and thrive in one’s life, minus the chains that bound them.
Quite simply, boys and girls, if you’re done with Christianity, or any other religious construct, then cut it off and move on. Wounds that are constantly picked take longer to heal and leave more visible scars. The best revenge isn’t in constantly ranting against your oppressor, but in living well despite them. This is true in addiction and it is true in religion as well. Leave it behind and move on.
I’ve heard people when they tell me that “I raise hell against (you name it) because I want to set others free too.” Nice thought, I suppose, and I can see where they are coming from, but truly, it’s a misplaced effort, which is borne out in human experience with addictions in that one doesn’t change until they hit that rock bottom and KNOW that this is the point of no return, and that they have but two choices, finally give up and surrender completely to their addiction or to cast it off and move on, one day at a time, to clear it from one’s mind and body.
When you’ve been given the key, you have two choices. You can stay where you are in self loathing and bow down to the god you despise, all the while cursing his name, or you can simply get up, say “fuck this shit,” and leave the temple.