The Hall of Mirrors

And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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One thing I admire about cats is that they can make themselves comfortable in any adverse circumstances. Even if they are homeless, they are still able to find themselves the warmest and most comfortable place to lay to sleep. Animals never complain and never worry about the future. They live here and now, always faithful to their own nature. Jung once wrote that an animal fulfills God’s will perfectly.

We are like demi-gods; half-humans, half-beasts. Our animalistic instincts are our inner demons born of millions years of our evolution. No matter how much we are trying to ignore them, fight them or hide them, they always resurface. Most religions teach people to fight their inner demons but a repressed and abused beast often breaks loose and sabotages our actions. This is why people try to be “good” but end up doing “bad” things, the things they didn’t plan to do. The way to hell is paved with good intentions.

One thing I value in Satanism is that it tries to restore the lost balance between the human and the beast, between culture and nature. It’s about exercising the beast just like Anton LaVey exercised tigers in a circus. He ate with them and slept with them in their cages. He showed respect to them so that they became his friends and they were then willing to bend to his will. It’s better to make peace with that archetypal Satan, your inner adversary, your friend and an enemy, otherwise he will always drag you down whenever you attempt to soar.

Satanism is holding a mirror to yourself and other people, recognizing the fact that all our acts are selfish and no matter how smart or holy we portray ourselves to be, there is a beast in us all. Sometimes, we act like pigs wallowing in mud though we consider ourselves elitist and having manners. It’s funny when a liar talks about self-honesty and a bully talks about humility.

The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Humility is one of the crucial Christian virtues. When God brings suffering upon Job, he doesn’t only do that to test his faith but also to give him the lesson in humility. By asking him questions like Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?Have you commanded the morning since your days beganHave you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? he shows him his proper place in the Universe. Can humility have some place in Satanism? There are things that are not dependent on us and that we have no influence on. However, we can always choose how to behave in the case of adversity.

Even in Christianity, humility doesn’t mean being a doormat or bowing down to any authority, especially human one. The apostles chose to disobey the high priest but follow the command of God. If the kingdom of God is within you, if God speaks in your heart, then it’s always better to follow your intuition, your Inner Voice. If justice and mercy are qualities of God, then it’s God’s will to speak out against injustice and lack of mercy. It’s also God’s will or Nature’s will that we are just and merciful to our inner demons, to the animal within.

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