- Название: Gigamoire et Galatea
- Описание: Self-Study
- Автор: Michael Dunlap
The Devil's Notebook
Although his books have sold over a million copies, the pulishing industry has chosen to ignore Anton LaVey. The
book trade publication. Publisher's Weekly, has never reviewed a publication by or about Anton LaVey. Aside from the
occasional hysteria-inciting pieces that attempt to "expose" or ''debunk" the founder of the Church of
Satan, the print and electronic media have chosen to enforce a blackout on the true nature of his writings. Most of the socalled "alternative" press has taken the lead of the mainstream press not to confront the work or life of Anton LaVey to wish
him into non-existence. Why? In a word, fear. The mainstream fears Christian opprobrium and ridicule. The politically
correct individual fears the rapacity of his own id. Occultniks are threatened by LaVey's refusal to indulge their penchant for
obscurantist mu mbo-jumbo. In our increasingly regimented egalitarian society, someone of Anton LaVey’s flamboyance
must be shunned, cut down to size. Unlike today's blue-leaned homiletic politicians, Anton LaVey does not allow Joe Citizen
to feel comfortable in his workaday drabness. To the contrary. Whenever Joe citizen confronts the spectre of this
contemporaryMing the Merciless, he is reminded of forbidden pleasures that he was too cowardly to grab, of a life he was too
circumspect to live. In his rationalizations, Joe Citizen pins a Goodguy Badge on his lapel and projects righteous derision on
the object of his discomfort. "That Anton LaVey, what a phony!" Perhaps it is time the Devil is given his due -- thanks to
LaVey the public has rediscovered "incredibly strange" films and music, such as Freaks, Nightmare Alley, the theremin and
evocative tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, LaVey contributed several of the more celebrated photos in Kenneth Anger's
Hollywood Babylon, LaVey coined the term "psychic vampire," among others, LaVey's automata have inspired research and
development in the fields of robotics and teledildonics. Perhaps most importantly, no other man has so well illuminated the
shadow purpose of Western life in the latter half of the twentieth century. As LaVey has stressed over and over again,
Satanism is not about heavy metal music or the sacrifice of children or animals to a horned deity. These are antics for the
weak and confused. Anton LaVey's brand of Satanism involves a far more difficult and bracing task -- the realpolitik
application of principles that favors accomplishment over consumerism and individual power over herd mentality. LaVey's
Satanism eschews all pandering to fads. It is less a movement than a call to recognition. I have one suggestion. Read LaVey
for what he says, and not for what others say he Is. May the scales fall from your eyes.
It's Amazing how much fear is invoked in others by the presence of a known Satanist. People who never advertise
their religious backgrounds, when confronted by a "Devil worshipper" suddenly become devout. How often I see crosses
around the necks of those who've been informed of my arrival -- as if, like Lugosi's Dracula, I will be rendered powerless.
And when I'm not fazed by such precautions, the aroma of nervous sweat really fills the room. It's then that I feel sadistic, if
that term ever applied. I love to see those dusty crucifixes salvaged from the bottoms of bureau drawers, unworn since
catechism. The evangelical bumper stickers that might just as well say "kick me." The little gold crosses. The pathetic victims
of Christian propaganda wearing the symbol of their role model's death around their necks like tiny electric chairs or gas
chambers or hangman's nooses, actually believing it will protect them. Protect them from what? My possible cordiality and
Wearing a display of dormant faith allows them to be safe -- as safe and sure as their advertised deodorant -- to ask me
about Satanism. What is it like to be frightened of intangibles? I've never known, because I've always had my share of very
real threats to my serenity. I took up Satanism not out of desperation but logical dismay that there were so many short-sighted
people around me. I thought, acted, and thereupon found myself removed. An lo and behold, I was a Satanist. A prideful
outcast. If the "just," the "good," the "righteous" were exemplified by the cowering ones, I wanted no part of them.
My brand of Satanism is the ultimate conscious alternative to herd mentality and institutionalized thought. It is a studied
and contrived set of principles and exercises designed to liberate individuals from a contagion of mindlessness that destroys
innovation. I have termed my thought "Satanism" because it is most stimulating under that name. Self-discipline and
motivation are effected more easily under stimulating conditions. Satanism means "the opposition" and epitomizes all
symbols of nonconformity. Satanism calls forth the strong ability to turn a liability into an advantage, to turn alienation into
exclusivity. In other words, the reason it's called Satanism is because it's fun, it's accurate, and it's productive.
The following collection of essays, bits and pieces representing 25 years of diabolical thought, is a Satanic literary exercise
in the strictest sense. Each segment is an indulgence of a whim or fancy. Each was written as the mood or idea manifested
itself, whether or not what was written would be good, bad, offensive, pleasing, or even whether it would see print. Each was
set to paper because to refrain from doing so would have meant self-denial.
Essays that are bitter were composed with a need to ritualized bitterness, the setting, form and style landing as the cards
were dealt. Instructional or theoretical essays emerged, first as ideas which had to be recorded, then as written essays. Some
have been gathering dust for many years and are included because timing demands that they be released. If they have been
updated slightly, it is because popular folly has necessitated that comparisons be drawn. A Devil's Notebook must contain
divergent observations and paradoxical theories. Like life itself, it is consistent in its inconsistency.
Anton Szandor LaVey
31 August XXVII Anno Satanas
THE DEVIL'S NOTEBOOK
Hell must be a pretty swell spot, because the
guys that invented religion have sure been
trying hard to keep everybody else out.
-- Al Capone
A Medicine for Melancholy
How to Avoid the DB'S
At no time in Western civilization has man accepted so willingly contrivances calculated to weaken and destroy him.
Many persons have found these years, as we approach the superstitious dread of the coming millennium, to be the most
tumultuous period of their lives. Upheaval, depression, disillusionment, paranoia, anguish, anxiety, illness, and every other
sort of malaise imaginable. Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming," expresses the social climate well. Surely an explanation, or
at least speculation, is in order.
Let's examine some ingredients. No overseas war is in progress which involves Americans on a personal level, patriotic or
otherwise. There is no universal enemy to occupy the minds and emotions of society. Hence enemies, threats, and other
problems must emerge from a diversity of sources which are timely and easily relateable. Media re-enforcement of fears and
anxieties is at an all-time zenith. Prime-time TV dispenses suspense and crisis, either real (newscasts) or by fictional or
documentary features and series. This is considered "entertainment," not demoralization.
If complaints are voiced that streets are unsafe to stroll, surfs unsafe for swimming, and even grazing laid unsafe for cows
("Satanic Cattle Mutilation"), where can one expose his or her puny human form? In the safety of an automobile? Perhaps,
but what of the subliminal demoralization coupled with a sense of false security that mandatory safety devices provide?
Despite rapid and radical advances in medicine, why are more people sick? Emphasis on prompt detection of certain
symptoms is supposed to prevent serious illness. With everyone listening for internal gurgles, feeling for lumps, and
pondering each pain, hypersensitivity cannot be avoided. Does a consuming concern for diet and exercise make for healthier
living than sitting in the car gobbling Big Macs? Which takes a greater toll -- fear of the effects of preservatives, chemicalpumped chicken, mercury-saturated fish -- or the foods themselves?
If you are a law-abiding citizen, who is concerned about the safety of your home and family, you are made to feel like a
criminal if you own a gun and are henceforth categorized as a "crazed gunman with a Saturday Night Special." Though you
know you are responsible and conscientious, you are demoralized into stigmatization, nonetheless.
In bygone days, before you were demoralized by static cling, it was halitosis or B.O. or unsightly snaps or non-Sanforized
Gaposis. How easy it would be if one needed only to fret over such trivial social ostracisms. Now, in addition to ring-aroundthe-collar, you are confronted by threats to your immune system, germ warfare, telephone bugging, new cancer viruses,
conspiratorial politicians acting as decoys for the Real Rulers, governmental breakdown, danger in the streets, on the
freeways, at the beach, rising costs of food, gasoline, higher taxes, and ... the unknown! Is another world watching? Are
UFO's about to land in your front yard? And to The Good the threat of Satanism is still fine scare copy.
How to immu nize yourself against the great D.P. (Demoralization Process) which is inexorably reaching its plateau?
I) Recognize it for what it is: a collective phenomenon, self-perpetrating according to Malthusian law. The separation of
the strong from the weak, the reactors from the perceivers. Norbert Wiener would be delighted at current examples of human
thermostats and their behavior. Never before has man been so controllable and easily programmed while foolishly
considering himself more sophisticated than at any time in his development.
2) Avoid popular amusements. Take a lesson from the ostrich, whose head-in-the-sand attitude has been universally
ridiculed. If timeliness is an essential ingredient of demoralization, existentialism is a perfect vehicle. "Live for today -- don't
think about the past or the future" has been misapplied to "Dwell on today." We must all respond to imminent situations. We
either benefit from, cope with, or succumb to them. But don't go out of your way to encounter any potential problem or worry
if you need not. Don't socialize with those who do, either. They'll bring you down. TV is not the "entertainment" medium it is
assumed to be. Newspapers and periodicals aren't either. Pop music is "concerned" music, with lyrics and harmonies
unconsciously gauged to the now. Films and plays are simply variants of TV fare. Even the clothes on your back integrate
you into the herd unconsciously, if they are "stylish". Stop and consider if whatever you buy, see, listen to, or do is popular. If
it is, it is programmed, and like it or not, so are you. Does all this imply that you stop all activity just because it's popular?
You figure that one out. It should come easily to a Satanist.
3) Break out of the D.P. time/space warp by realistically and minimally dealing with the present, and dwelling on the past
and future. If you need to play the intrigue or crisis game, look back on past scandals and outrages. Patronize that which is
out of vogue or not yet in vogue. Seek out persons who are not harbingers of present mores. Discover and share pastimes
unrelated to current phobias. Surround yourself with reminders of another social climate and contemplate them as you would
a crystal ball. The trend towards nostalgia is an understandable rebellion against the D.P.'s. Its only flaw is that it too has
become fashionable and only softens the impact of hardcore downers, which occupy prime-time in our present lives. Reflect,
instead, upon personally gratifying things and situations, rather than those labeled "nostalgia" or "collector's edition."
Yes, I realize how tough things have been for many of you this year, for in any such softening up process very few are
unaffected. Out of the chaos, the rough beast which slouched towards Bethlehem to be born in the Year One is learning to
stand, to walk anew, and His footfalls are creating random upheaval. The Tenth Key has manifested itself in the rolling
thunder which has darkened the sky for Satanist and non-Satanist alike. It is for Satanists to known the whys and wherefores
of their sorrows. And realizing that, like all their kin -- Cain, Prometheus, Orpheus, Frankenstein -- they ... We ... are, in part
or in whole, responsible for our own problems and those of the multitudes. An overview is essential to survival, and what has
been sown will soon be reaped. The roses in the garden east of Eden will have thorns. Whatever the blossom, whatever the
harvest, the future belongs to us.
On the Importance of Being Evil
Volumes have charted the history of man's cruelty and tyranny. How many have considered the essential role of
villainy in human development?
An impartial survey would no doubt qualify the villain as unsung hero. While fusty religionists still cast Satanists in the
old, convenient mold, the readily obtainable literature of contemporary Satanism has inspired change in religious thought.
Can we expect such an admission by modern theologians? Of course not. It is always a villain, however, who becomes the
catalyst for change.
Consider these still fresh examples: If Aleister Crowley had not been "the world's wickedst man," the like of Gerald
Gardner and Margaret Murray could not have stepped onstage for purposes of "enlightenment," and Dennis Wheatley might
be a starving hack. They owe their identities to Crowley's outrages. If the Hell's Angels had not caused such a furor, and had
not been ritualized in motion pictures like The Wild One and Scorpio Rising, a "clean, wholesome" interest in motorcycling
(and its billions in profits) would not have evolved. The glamour of evil, not fun in the sun, secretly spawned the present bike
movement. Pollution reduction, economical transportation -- all other rationales for motorcycling are piety devices. If the late
Senator Joseph McCarthy had not performed his auto-da-fe there would be no movement of the "Politically Correct." If Hitler
had not singled out the Jews for discrimination, the nation of Israel might never have been realized.
For every Charlie Manson there are a million solid citizens who can bristle with righteous indignation over his crimes. The
same fine folks who stand idly by while a little old lady is being mugged in broad daylight, not wanting to "get involved,"
invariably alleviate their cowardice by hollering their heads off for stronger legislation against crime. Remember, there is no
misfortune so great that somebody else can't put up with it.
A villain is said to be bad, but an apathetic drone is far worse. A villain must be stigmatized so that his opponents can be
considered heroic. These heroes are simply reactors who implement a change in affairs sometimes mistaken for "progress."
What sets human reaction in motion? A force which is either intrinsically or contrivedly considered "evil."
In order for evil to serve an admirable purpose, it must have method. The lowest level would-be Satanist who thinks he is
justifying his existence by commiting "evil" acts is the most deluded of all. As has been amply proven, Deep South renegades
like Huey Long and George Wallace -- certainly considered evil by many -- nevertheless exerted reaction on a large scale.
The creep whose "evil" deed for the day consists of pulling the wings off a butterfly invariably causes no productive reaction.
He cannot rightly be considered evil. Simply moronic.
The more grandiose the villain, the more beneficent he is to society. The small-time villain affects only the microcosm in
which he operates, unless his act of villainy is considered so heinous that it spreads beyond his normal sphere of influence.
When a villain attains universality, he is endowed with the mantle of devildom. However, if a real villain does not come
forward to serve as a convenient embodiment of evil -- thereby serving the goodguy's cause -- such a person must be
developed and sometimes invented.
If evil were by chance eradicated, the race would die of inertia ... at least under existing standards of mental and emotional
development. That the villain is the most formidable enemy of boredom was proven in a rather quaint manner by a shortlived tabloid called Good News. Feeling that the populace was weary of the standard journalistic fare of murder, rape, war,
riot, scandal and catastrophe, Good News printed just that -- good news. It valiantly lasted two or three issues before its not
untimely demise. Why did it die? Good news is only really good to those directly involved. Most people lead such futile and
useless lives that only bad news makes them feel better. If not better, certainly gooder. If one cannot gain recognition for
anything else, he can rest well with the assurance that he is "good," which in most cases equates with "right". Were it not for
an evil to rail against he might just as well never have been born. Yes, evil is the great savior and sustainer of those who
condemn it most.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
The rich do get richer, but the poor, having little or nothing to lose,
can only get richer. If diligence will not do it, then charity will.
All the world loves a lover.
Bosses hate lovers because they can't keep their minds on their
work. The loveless hate lovers because they are envious. Even lovers
have little patience with other lovers. They consider another's choice of
love object inferior to their own.
The best things in life are free.
They may be free for you, but somebody else is paying for them.
Honesty is the best policy.
Should read, "Credibility is the best policy."
Beauty is only skin deep.
A balm for the ugly, who cannot help but harbor hostility because of
their condition. The plain and ugly often mask hostility behind an unctuous
or affable facade which is sometimes mistaken for "inner beauty."
If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.
A sure way of making a pest of yourself. Better: "If at first you don't
succeed, wait and see what happens. If nothing happens, try a different
approach. If still unsuccessful, try someone or somewhere else."
There is no substitute for hard work.
If you are what others expect of you, it matters not how much or
how little you do.