Excerpt from Bearing The Devil’s Mark

from “Further Evidence of the Satanic Age”
Copyright © 2007 by Matt G. Paradise. All Rights Reserved.

And although the Church of Satan came out of the same era and geographical location as the hippie movement, the similarities largely stop there. Satanism eschewed and condemned the hippie lifestyle on many levels: chief amongst them were the unrealistic belief in world peace, the ludicrous assertion of a communal “free” system, the contempt for law and order, and the counterproductive use and abuse of illegal drugs. Satanism promotes rational self-interest, productive pride, and responsible (read: pragmatic) behavior, qualifiers lacking in the recklessly unrestrained practices of the flower children. And it is these qualifiers that are key to understanding the broad separation between what they were about and what Satanism has always represented.

And as the law of cause and effect so often comes into play, it would be this unchecked and irrational hedonism that would serve as the hippie downfall, concluding in mass homelessness, drug-induced psychoses, rape, forced prostitution, narcotic addiction, and the list goes on. Not exactly “peace and love” and certainly nothing to be admired or glorified.

Though, what is probably more obvious to Satanists than to most other folks is that the hippie movement and Christianity share a great deal of philosophy, aspects of a parallel mindset that are wholly incompatible with Satanism. Both posit the not-so-golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Both vainly preach the unconditional love for total strangers. Both require a self-imposed adversary to combat in order to maintain identity and purpose — Christianity needs “Satan,” hippies need “the system.” Both compiled a hodge podge of previous mystical traditions and backwoods folklore that ultimately caused more harm than good. Conversely, Satanism smashed through all of the holy writs and desperate countercultural values with a solid philosophy based firmly on the human animal and the physical world in which we live, a framework forged in reality and not in myopia and flowery idealism.

Probably the only commonalities Satanism had with the hippie movement were the concepts of sexual exploration and the questioning of your environment. But, unlike the renegade peaceniks, Satanists knew to avoid projecting pipe dreams and reckless abandon into the mix, keeping well in mind that the Balance Factor applies to all arenas of human exploit.

This is why Satanism is not, nor could ever be, a “do whatever you want” philosophy. Again, cause and effect is immutable and not recognizing this law of nature is oftentimes a recipe for disaster and a failure in Lesser Magic.

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Matt G. Paradise is Executive Director of Purging Talon, a media company responsible for releasing groundbreaking and often imitated audio, video, print, and Web work since 1993, including the internationally respected Satanic magazine, Not Like Most. Paradise is also a Magister in the Church of Satan and, since the early-1990s, has also done media representative work for the CoS through all major media forms — network television, radio, print publications, and the Internet. He is the author of Bearing The Devil’s Mark, a collection of writings on Satanism; as well as editor of The Book of Satanic Quotations (First and Second Editions). He was also producer and co-host of Terror Transmission, a horror movie commentary podcast; and is currently the producer and host of three podcasts (The Accusation Party, Vintage Vinyl Vivisection and Strange Moments in Cultural History) on The Accusation Network.

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