Meaning(s) of Life.
According to the view of a satanist, the meaning of life is to fulfill oneself, to be a true individualist and do what she or he pleases (using common sense of course). In short, to make the best of life until the great abstinence, death, comes and takes you away. In 2009 an Australian nurse, Bonnie Ware, working with palliative care - the care one gets at the end of the life (the last 12 weeks to be more exact) wrote an article, “Regrets of the Dying”, about the five things people regret on their deathbed. The number one regret is this one:
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Nothing actually comes closer to what Satanism stands for, and has been something to follow since 1966 when Anton LaVey founded The Church of Satan, and it says a lot about the truth of the Satanic philosophy. Bonnie Ware’s article has since its publication became a huge motivator for people, at least at the surface, but the question is of course how many is following it and not just posts a shallow meme on their social medias and then go back to the ordinary life someone else told them to live? I bet a lot, the majority actually. It’s a nice thing to read and talk about over lunch, but it takes so much more insights and strength to actually go through with it.
For years I spent suffering, first during the terror of christianity and later from depression caused by it. I pitied myself. I whined and complained, cried and talked shit about mostly myself, but also others that I felt did something wrong. Oh, it was such a waste of time - and I’ve used a huge amount of willpower to deal with this and in the end let it go. I’ve released all that into the wildness of the universe and turned my back. No tears, no sorrow. I can’t explain to you how powerful this feel, to let it all go. To let it disappear, to let it never again affect me. Life’s shit sometimes, but it’s possible to handle - believe it or not. All this have at the end given me a sense of fulfilment, but it’s easy to write all this and claim one is fulfilled. How can you reach the state of living a life true to yourself? It’s an individual thing of course, but I have a few rules - call it what you want - and those have helped me to reach where I am today.
I’m a list person. I love putting stuff in some kind of order to get a good view of it. You’ve seen it before among these texts, and it’s not just for the sake of making lists and making things look cool, it’s because it’s things I actually follow and use in my daily life. It’s insights that made me what I am today. I don’t expect you to be able to get these revelations, but if it happens - consider yourself lucky.
Everyone have different paths to go.
Passion keeps you moving forward.
If it feels wrong for you, it is wrong.
We live in a mysterious universe.
Never ever expect anything back.
Here’s a more expanded version of my insights.
1. You have your own path to follow. Don’t try to change the route of someone else even if it feels painful to see them go in a different emotional or physical direction. This will make both you and those you interact with free and therefore happier.
To have a passion is to feel love, even if you don’t have someone else to share it with. Don’t create a passion for the sake of having a passion, look deep inside yourself and realize what it is that makes your heartbeat a little extra, no matter what it is.
Trust your intuition, trust it more than you trust yourself. If something feels wrong, even the tiniest detail in a person or an event, avoid it and you will feeling stronger than ever. Don’t fall for the herd mentality, just because everyone else like something it doesn't mean it’s something you should like. Of course this works the opposite way also: if something feels good, it’s good.
It doesn't matter if you’re a theist, antitheist or atheist, embrace that we’re living in an unexplainable world. Respect peoples experiences and visions as long as they don’t hurt others. It’s not needed to understand mysteries; the power is in their existence.
Maybe it seems harsh, but just don’t expect anyone to do something for you - and it’s neither wrong for you or them. If you expect something back you’re a prisoner of someone else, and being a prisoner creates bitterness and bitterness creates conflict. None of this is needed.
What are you waiting for?
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