the sins of the
modern day morbii
NOTE: This is a modified version of a religious document - modified so it removes all the possible dogma related confusion that might afflict those with closed minds (although I think most of them, thankfully, have been weeded out from the readers of Devil Shat). Direct lines from the original document are encased in quotes ("").
I've updated it mainly because the points are valid and can be used from any standpoint: these are sins that should be on the minds of every person whose an avid reader of Devil Shat. Just as there are Christian sins, there are the Sins of Modern Day Morbii - those which any self respectable (or in some cases, unrespectable) person should follow.
Sins to avoid, sins to disapprove of, yet all realistic. Some Christian sins just can't be followed by normal people - thou shalt not kill? As much as we may personally follow that dictum, we also become responsible indirectly - by giving alcohol to those we know will drive home, by allowing our children to go into the military, by putting out roach killer.
Or how about thou shalt not covet another's belongings? Ha! Our whole society is based around getting the best crap and outdoing the Joneses down the street.
No, what follows is that of realism and stark naked truth.
1) STUPIDITY. The top of the Sins. "It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable." We "must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid".
2) PRETENTIOUSNESS. "Empty posturing can be most irritating" and that's exactly the definition of pretentiousness: the assumption of dignity, importance. Kinda like Al Gore saying he created the Internet. "On equal footing with stupidity for what keeps the money in circulation these days. Everyone's made to feel like a big shot, whether they can come up with the goods or not."
3) SOLIPSISM. Solipsism can be dangerous to most people. You might have read in these pages the fact that you should assume that people will go along with how you feel, and how you think. Although this would be a perfect world, it's just not so. "Projecting your reactions, responses, and sensibilities onto someone else who is probably far less attuned that you are. It is the mistake of expecting people to give you the same consideration, courtesy, and respect that you naturally give them. They won't. Instead" we "must strive to apply the dictum of 'Do unto others as they do onto you.'" If someone kicks you, kick them harder. If they are later kind to you, rear your boot back but keep it cocked. "It's work for most of us and requires constant vigilance lest you slip into a comfortable illusion of everyone being like you. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian viewpoint) we are [far] from that point."
4) SELF-DECEIT. This is a BIG no-no. Don't fool yourself into believing you're something you're not. It's not conducive to growth if you lie to yourself. Eventually you'll start to believe what you're telling other people. Be honest with yourself, and you won't have to worry about what other people think. "We must not pay homage to any of the sacred cows presented to us, including the roles we are expected to play ourselves. The only time self-deceit should be entered [into] is when it is fun, and with awareness."
5) HERD CONFORMITY. "It's all right to conform to a person's wishes, if it ultimately benefits you. But only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being enslaved by the whims of many."
6) LACK OF PERSPECTIVE. "You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right now, everyday. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in mind... See the patterns and fit the things together as you want the pieces to fall into place... Know that you are working on another level entirely from the rest of the world."
7) FORGETFULNESS OF THE PAST. This is one of the magical methods of brainwashing people into "accepting something as 'new' and 'different', when in reality its something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the genius of the 'creator' and forget the original. This makes for a disposable society."
8) COUNTER PRODUCTIVE PRIDE. "The first word is important. Pride is great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater... if it works for you, great. When it stops working for you, when you've painted yourself into a corner and the only way out is to say, 'I'm sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could compromise somehow,'" don't ever be afraid to. The more you are stubborn with your errors, the more you try to make that error into a benefit - which will almost never work out. Don't be afraid to admit you are wrong - not only will people respect you for it, but you'll loosen any remaining walls you don't know you've built.
I know the amount of email that I will get questioning exactly what religious document this is taken from, and why didn't I just come out and say it.
The original document is entitled "The Nine Satanic Sins" and was written by Anton LaVey. As you can tell, I've cut out one sin involving aesthetics, which largely related to the idea of Magic. Otherwise, I've removed most of the scary words like "Satan" and "Satanism".
Why? I imagine thousands of people dropping from the readership because of those words. It scares people and sends them thinking about child sacrifices and how these people are so evil. Strangely enough, removing anything related to Satanism from the above text creates a rather noble list of Sins - one which closely mirrors my previous "Goals to Achieving Inner Peace" (Devil Shat Thirty Nine and Forty). The amount of people (a lot) who liked that article should equally appreciate the previous.
We'll see what happens. I'm sure I'll be flooded with "unsubscribe"s but that could only enhance the quality of my readers - and for that, I'll be appreciative.
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Just want to say: WELL DONE AND KEEP IT UP!!!! 8)
We're so stuck on reading "the good book" and letting ourselves be brainwashed by its ethics that we don't stop to consider that a quote/unquote "satantic perspective" might be a valuable analytic tool in terms of recognizing the evil, the true evil of this modern American (and/or Western Industrialized) society. Stupidity, herd mentality and lack of perspective are the ingredients of the motor oil that keeps this Consumerist Machine running.
The bit on Solipsism was humorous to me, but I also see the perverse wisdom in it. I know I've listened to many people whine about how cruel people are, when it's clear they're expecting people to be as nice as they are. It seems like a middle position between "eye for an eye" and "turn the other cheek". Turn the other cheek so I can kick you in your left buttock even harder!
There is nothing scary about the above document, and in actuallity, it is an interesting perspective on the world.
there are points that are very valid, such as lack of perspective and pretentiousness, both of which are themes universal throughout the world's different religions. However, my biggest fault in LaVey's paper is his the fundamental principle behind it being selfish action. Origional, (and I do state origional, since it's theme has been extremely distorted) Christian philosophy, which Satanism was founded in spite of, (and the majority of 'light' religions of the world) believed in worth of humanity, and has respect between one another, despite any personal misgivings. One's actions do and will have an affect on others, and it is wrong to hurt anyone else, or do anything else that would upset the balance. Satanism believes in direct action for self betterment, reguardless the costs. This includes abuse, lack of compashion ,Manipulation (where do you think the line stupidity came from? preying apon the nieve for what you can extract out of them of_course_)
I personally (although religious, I am not traditionally Christian) do not believe in Satanism. I have dealt with Satanists in the past, and have had to deal with the problems they have caused in people's lives. I will go as far as to say I look apon them with great scorn. It doesn't make the paper scary. If people aren't exposed to different views, how are they suppose to decide for themselves on what to believe in? It's not that people aren't stupid, they're just trained from birth not to think.
There isn't anything wrong w/ showing ambition. I live my life for myself, not others. So long as I keep my head high, I see flaws in others, and my pride sky-rockets. When this happens, things usually go much better for me [hence, turning my pretention into fulfillment].
Sure, people come up to me all the time asking whether or not I hate them. My silence around others isn't that of shyness, it's just my Capricorn reserve. What have I to say to those I find myself above?
The last thing my ex called me before he passed away was not 'angel' or 'princess.' It was, 'you fucking self-obsessed twit.' My responsive thought: tell me something new.
Of course I socialize.. my pretention isn't the end of me. I have only a handful of friends, but each is worthy of being called 'Friend.' These are people I would give my life for, and they are my equals. Also, like you, there are a few cool people out there that I don't judge [and boy, do I judge.. on very frivolous terms].
Anton LaVey was nothing but a big contradiction anyway.
In The Satanic Witch, he told women to use themselves, their bodies, their cunning, to get whatever it was they wanted. Here's a situation that I've been involved in: one girl flirted with the owner of a shabby porn studio in North Hollywood to get closer to his son, the vocalist of a popular black metal band, and to have her modeling portfolio made for free. Her Satanic boyfriend became insanely jealous and started to preach monogomy; all the while, he was engaged to another girl, and had impregnated someone else- saying it didn't count. Being one of the girls, I threw the words of his icon, LaVey, in his face, and he rejected them. This man, like most of LaVey's followers, called himself devout. Of course, most of LaVey's ignorant followers would get upset if their girlfriends were fucking other men, even if it were according to LaVey's own words.
Simpler example? Sure. Anton LaVey is one of the most conceited people I have ever met. You may say it is all within reason, but so is a lot of pretention. -He lists pretentiousness as a sin..He disagrees with his own religion, makes millions off of pathetic texts that he doesn't care for [giving reason for this pretention], and dies a respected man. Hell, we could be talking about Marilyn Fucking Manson. Anyone who buys Mr. LaVey's crap IS ignorant. The only true satanist I have ever met is a man who hated Anton LaVey with a passion.
Its been a while since we had a heart to heart...
I must say that I'm disappointed in you Christifying (excuse my language) Anton's word's (actually my words thru Anton but I won't be petty) the way you did. What were you thinking child? Now that Anton has joined me you dare to desecrate his words in such way? Really son, I've come to expect more from you. I don't want a bunch of pansy assed willy-nilly do gooders ending up down here through their own blind misinterpretation. After all, even I have standards. While I appreciate all you have done in the past to steer (yes as in cattle ...) those, shall we say less fortunate than you my way, I'm beginning to wonder if I am correct in my detection of a hint of regret of our deal? Judging from your last few articles you seem to have lost a little faith my son.
You aren't having a change of...conviction? are you know? A hint a being born again now that a modicum of success for your illegitimate offspring Disobey is almost within your grasp? No? I should hope not. Remember this is Hades we're talking about sweet child o' mine less ye forget...
revoke my subscription because of that? i think not. the nine satanic sins, though i am neither pro or anti-religion... is actually a well thought out document. anyone could have written down "thou shall not kill" it's common knowledge (for the sane), but to actually say that stupidity is wrong, might just wake people up to meet their full potential before they die (before maverick kills em....haha)
do NOT, under any circumstances, unsubscribe me.
as i was reading issue 49, i would see things that i agreed with, some things that i disagreed with, and a few things that just made me go "wha...?" but all in all, i thought it was a pretty comprehensive list of modern day "sins."
then i read morbus's disclaimer at the bottome, and learned where the original document came from.
let's get one thing striaght here. not only am i a devout christian, i'm also a youth pastor. i've devoted my life to the salvation and growth of the teenagers in our society. so now you know where im coming from.
when i read that the orignal document came from anton laVey, i was somewhat shocked. i mean, if you know anything about who he is, and if you know anything about what the bible teaches, you'd assume that i would pretty much disagree with anything that that man could come up with.
i myself assumed that, until a few minutes ago.
while i still disagree with everything he stands for and promotes, it's interesting to see how something that he said can be slightly modified and adapted to become something that makes a whole lot more sense than the original. in my eyes, the so-called "church of satan" hasn't got a leg to stand on because according to my faith in God, He's already won, and satan is already defeated. remember the easter story?
OK, i don't want this to turn into a soapbox.
my point is this... Morbus, you've presented us with a fairly comprehensive list of common blunders that all members of society should strive to avoid. (alright, maybe i have a slight issue with conforming to the ideas of others to ultimately benifit yourself. that's not always true, though in certain situations it can be -- hey, that's just my own opinion though).
keep up the good work.