The Third Side of the Coin — Satanic Separatism
by Jake Block
“Brother Satan, I call forth this night, all of your forces to aid me in the elevation of the superior human animal. We are superior, and we are superior not by ethnic means, but by the superior force of the Will, the imagination, creativity and the very essence of resourcefulness and survival that is the heart and the very soul of the Satanist. Be with us tonight. Place us in a position of sovereignty, that we might look down upon our inferiors, and cast their kin into the morass of mediocrity, where they belong. Hail Satan! Shemhamforash!
To a return of understanding; an understanding of civility, an understanding of tranquility, an understanding of compassion, an understanding of vengeance, an understanding of sensuality, an understanding of love, and an understanding of triumph. I recognize Necessity Supreme, life everlasting, world without end. So it is done.”
— Anton LaVey (“Brother Satan Invocation”)
I’ve spilled blood and been bloodied, stood for right and been wronged, believed a lie and then learned the truth, shunned commandments and embraced taboos, I’ve used and have been used. At one point or another, life has found me on both sides of the coins I’ve tossed, and I make no apologies for the sides I’ve taken or the things I’ve done when a choice needed to be made. Life sometimes just makes you decide.
For most of our lives, like it or not, we’re really not in charge. When we are young, we’re pretty much under control most of the hours of our day by parents, teachers, or some other authority figure. And then there is the control of our culture; passive for the most part, but undeniably there, as we find a need to fit in and reap the benefits of inclusion. We spend much of our youth in the bubble of peer pressure, where name brands and name bands and popular choices can help you move in circles where fun and companionship is there for the taking. It makes you “better than” those “other kids,” whose parents can’t buy you the best clothes, or provide you with an allowance, or sponsor parties in your home, or fund your “Sweet 16 Parties,” sleepovers, or other “happy times” that the “in crowd” seems to enjoy so much.
Then, at some point, in our teen years usually, we make that first choice to say “no.” For some of us, being part of the “in crowd” begins to lose its luster and the kids in that group just don’t seem to be quite as cool as they were just a few days before. We’ve changed. The culture is still the same, the peer pressure is still the same. The kids are still the same. Yet at some point, for some reason we spin on a dime and become different than we were in attitude and need. We make a choice to turn our backs on the things that should motivate us, as it motivates millions of others of our same age in our same culture. We change and in our mutation to what is to come, we assume the role as “the other.” Rebel. Changeling. “Other.”
There are, however, others, and then there are “OTHERS.” Even amongst those who reject the control there are still others within that subset of society that will go still farther to become, at least in the eyes of the control and the masses, not only different, but the flip side of the coin. Anarchy is seen in their eyes, and these few become the antithesis of the control, capable by their difference of severely wounding the control and everything it stands for. They are capable of sewing dissent and disobedience, and undermining the dominance of the control culture itself. This dissident segment of the culture is visible, vocal and seemingly a serious threat to the control.
The Anarchist in their midst would be content to burn down any trappings of control, government or religion. When their dangerous, although most improbable mission of destruction is complete, they would then remake the world to suit themselves. The first action in the mind of any anarchist is to make new rules to replace the old. Retribution is rained down upon those who had held them in contempt while holding the reins of power. Their impotent rage and revolutionary zeal often fades with age and the acquisition of a few luxuries, or money in the bank. Their discontent might never be satiated, but mollified by comfort as they age and eventually fade away.
Still others, far more insidious to the health and continuation of “the control,” exist. On that rare occasion when the coin that has been tossed lands upon its edge, an additional choice is bestowed upon that lucky toss. Still more rare are those that, when granted that miraculous choice, choose to accept the choice the others simply could not make, for they did not possess the genetic disposition to accept their inborn Satanic nature. They were born with the innate ability to exist amongst all others of their kind and still, within their mind, stand alone. The concept of “being in this world, but not of it” has meaning for the Satanist.
Certainly, there is a strata of individuals who claim the name, but lack the “soul” of the Satanist. They need to be seen and they need to be performing and they need to claim some high goal towards saving those who clearly don’t want to be saved from the society that they serve willingly and gladly honor the role they play within it. They collect their good guy badges as so many pages in a scrapbook where they’ve appeared in public to push their political agendas. They entertain and they amuse the crowds who then move on to the next best thing that can provide them some relief from the boredom of their drone existence. They become well known, and familiar to those they claim to despise, but instead of finding a way to find their own space and create their own world, they do everything they can to remain in contact with the herd for just one more show.
They appeal to any number of people, and are enjoying themselves at their own expense, so one could argue the validity of such groups. Personally, though, they’re not my cup of tea. They remind me of some of the people I knew in Satanism who remain locked in what we termed “phase one Satanism.” Some grew out of it, and some never did. I wish them well and hope that they don’t allow themselves to become typecast as actors alone. I’m sure that if they survive, they will find their niche in the fabric of the culture and society, eventually perhaps even erecting their tax free edifices and pass the begging bowls or collection plates with whatever dignity and status that comes from being a protected group in a land where those on the right side of the line, even if left leaning, can share in the warmth of the herd, all the while rejecting it in words, if not deeds.
Now I know that people will say me wrong, and that their clinging to the trappings and conventions of the conventional world is “just for the kids,” and “all for show,” and… and… and… But, as a Satanist of my generation and living in this age, I hope that, for our own sanity, survival and Satanic sanctity, find it the best and most advantageous state of being to stand aside as OUR third side option, rejecting the herd and remaining, as LaVey coined it, “an organization for non-joiners.” In my vision of the future, I would prefer to see Satanists in the LaVeyan mode as separate entity in the cultures and societies of the world, and not just shaggy black sheep clinging to the edge of the herd, hoping to get fed with the rest of the flock.
I would as well prefer to see us not attempting to become some establishment oriented and untaxed organization where those who build appropriately named churches can feel free to then take from their flocks, providing little to nothing in return, whilst simply thumbing their noses at the government. Those who would style themselves as Satanists in LaVey’s mold should abide by the principles he stood by, even when, at the end, he could certainly have used the tax breaks. LaVey said, “If churches were taxed for all their income and property, they’d crumble overnight of their own obsolescence, and the National Debt would be wiped out as quickly. The productive, the creative, the resourceful should be subsidized. So long as the useless and incompetent are getting paid, they should be heavily taxed.”
LaVey firmly believed that if we, as Satanists, were to survive, we would eventually become “a group isolated within.” We might BE in America, France, Spain or anywhere else in the world but in an enclave all our own. He would site the example of Fritz Lang’s epic film Metropolis, wherein the wizard Rotwang, lived in his strange little house in the middle of the city. From this place, he would work his magics of control, and send out his minion, the mutable robot, Maria, to merge, mingle and work with those outside of his domain, on his behalf. Indeed, LaVey manipulated his life and image to fit that “Metropolean” vision, at the Black House, in San Francisco.
Our job as Satanists is not to burn down the society in which we live, but to bend it to our will and make it serve us. How then do we do this? First and foremost, we need to concentrate on “necessity supreme” — survival — of our core philosophy in LaVeyan based Satanism, and then in the enrichment and modernization of our cultural niche. We must, ourselves, thrive through the acquisition of personal education, wealth and power, and then pass on those skills and philosophies to those who will follow us into the future. “Just being a Satanist” is not enough to accomplish the goal of a sustainable and growing movement.
The purpose of building personal power through education, the attainment of good paying jobs and the ownership of property is to assist in attaining a degree of independence and autonomy in a world that is ever more repressive to its citizenry. The very nature of the Satanist as a non joiner contributes to his security and his strength. In maintaining his self-sovereignty, he “flies low” to avoid the radar of those forces arrayed against him. His adherence to the Orwellian concept of resistance, (“I tell you that the Brotherhood exists, but I cannot tell you whether it numbers a hundred members, or ten million. From your personal knowledge you will never be able to say that it numbers even as many as a dozen. You will have three or four contacts, who will be renewed from time to time as they disappear.”) keeps his “aggressive footprint” small, relative to the populace as a whole.
We can have the best of both worlds by being in this world, and using its economies and its technologies to aid our growth and continuance, all the while rejecting as much as possible, its intrusion into our personal freedoms and indulgences that harm no one. We need not seek the approval of those outside of our ranks, nor should we accept their attempts to delegitimize our rights in favor of their own. We can then enjoy the benefits of “not being of this world” in caring for ourselves and our own with as little involvement in the cultural and societal demands that might surround us.
One can look to history to see that groups and isolative cultures marginalized by society have chosen to distance themselves and succeed. The Amish, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Quakers, Jews, Christian Scientists, Muslims, Black Muslims, Sikhs, Krishnas and various other Hindu and Buddhist groups and others have all managed to live peacefully within the general culture and society with little controversy, despite obvious differences. In over 50 years since Anton LaVey declared Year One, in 1966 C.E., Satanism has already found a degree of acceptance that has overridden any threat to the greater society. It is my thought that given a little personal effort and personal commitment, one more isolate group could easily fade into the fabric of the culture, survive and thrive.