That which sides with Satan: Diabolical, sly, sneaky, in shadow and tests your Ethos is evil. The character you build may not be the one that you are. When you believe yourself to have a strong, moral character, astute ethics and are an all around ‘good person’; it can be deduced that you’ve been clothed with the doctrine of society; for to embrace Evil is to be sinful, immoral and abnormal. Eventually, it fits like a straight jacket. It feels restrictive and binding.
Synonyms include but are not limited to: bad, corrupt, destructive, hateful, heinous, hideous, malevolent, malicious, nefarious, ugly, unpleasant, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, base, foul, low, offensive, poison, reprobate, wrong, angry, atrocious, baneful, beastly, calamitous, damnable, depraved, disastrous, execrable, flagitious, harmful, iniquitous, injurious, loathsome, maleficent, malignant, no good, obscene, pernicious, rancorous, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, spiteful, stinking, unpropitious, wrathful.
I’ll use the film The Ninth Gate (1999) to frame it, may even switch between the movie and the book The Club Dummas – so do try to keep up.
Take Mr. Witkin for example. Corso beats him to the punch, downplays the volume’s real value and gets the books from the estate in his grips for a whole lot less. Corso can then reap a decent profit when he sells them. Witkin, knowing Corso’s reputation and the quickness by which he acts. Calls him out. Does this make him one of the good guys?
Witkin’s overall look and demeanor are supposed to give the viewer the impression he’s on the up and up. Corso knowing Witkin’s reputation, gets in and out before he can even take an inventory, let alone haggle with a price on a collection. Having been beat at his own game, doesn’t by default make Witkin a good person with strong moral character. It only means he’s slow on the draw and was outwitted by Corso (again).
Balkans: “Strange. I’d have bet a brace [pair] of Gutenberg Bibles you spend half the night with your eyes peeled. You’re one of those lean, hungry, restless types that put the wind up Julius Caesar. Men who stab their friends in the back.”
Balkans hires Corso for his reputation, not because he’s a nice fellow that’s trustworthy. Money talks and Balkans is offering Corso a nice sum for authenticating his copy of the Nine Doors (Ninth Gate). In knowing of Mr. Corso, Balkans can also appeal to his sense of pride as being on point with his knowledge, techniques and relentless pursuit.
To be one that would stab his own friend in the back is considered to the contrary of what society would call a ‘good person’ yet, plenty of ‘bad people’ get on pretty well in the world.
The Ceniza Brothers also give the impression that they are ‘good guys’, yet the hint dropped by them during Corso’s first visit to the shop, later proves to be a key.
When the brothers giggle and speak about the ‘Master’ forger, they are really speaking about their own craft. Unbeknownst to Corso and the reader at the time, is that the brothers did in fact forge missing pages so that the Nine Doors in their possession could be sold as a complete and authentic copy.
When Corso is given the clue by Lucifer, he returns to find the shop cleaned out but he does in fact locate the missing original page he was pursuing. In spite of being shady in business dealings, the Ceniza brothers are quite successful and get on in this life rather well. In spite of their dishonesty.
Corso’s characterization does present some moral fiber, even if the majority of his deeds appear to be amoral. When Fargas refuses to sell and Balkans pushes him to take the copy, he refuses. In the meantime, Mrs. Taillefer beats them both to the punch when Fargas is found dead in the fountain, his copy of the Nine Doors stolen and Corso is left to take the fall for both murder and theft.
In the book however, Corso arranges a ‘burglary’ with his partner Pinto but still he’s adamant that he doesn’t want Pinto to harm Fargas, only stage the burglary and steal the book. Pinto protests Corso’s irritating reminders, he knows his work. The purpose is to point to Corso’s Ethic.
Maybe Fargas is the good guy? Just an innocent old man that collects valuable books right? Even Victor Fargas has his own story of woe and suffering, in the book Corso described him as close to madness by the state of his home, even if the collection was kept impeccable. Fargas was slipping away, paying the price to the deeds of his youth. To embrace Evil is to be transformed by it. Whether the outcome is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ remains to be seen.
“Jackals on the sent of the Gutenberg Bible”
Years ago my Black Book of Names caused a stir as I was selling handmade books using the engravings from The Club Dummas. In Occult circles the whole “And it harm none, do as ye will” axiom rears its head but its so rarely understood. White-lighters believe they are ‘harmless’ all while sweeping the harm that they do under the rug as if no one will notice it. I sure the hell see it.
Those that don’t practice but just tow the line of “We don’t harm anybody!” are just idiots with no real ability to comprehend what it means. This book, what’s written in it, or thought in the Ether is for the person that posses it. His WILL be done, regardless of repercussions. Short of grabbing the thing and smacking someone in the head with it, the only real harm it does to another person is to their fragile psyche.
I’ve been accused of causing illness and death by just suggesting a person may be in it. In truth, grab the thing (a prop) off my library shelf and you’ll find that aside the woodcuts, the pages are blank. Malevolent Magic. I’ll be sorry they tell me, I’m going to hell or some Karma boogeyman is going to eat my soul or some shit. These are the things they believe. All that Evil in the world is just the stuff they don’t like, makes them uncomfortable or ashamed and dishonored by the code they’ve been taught.
Is there a single good guy in The Ninth Gate? Even if you pointed to the so called innocent standers-by, you don’t know their story. Everybody has a story and in it, are deeds of Evil.
This Sagan quote gets shared about so often, I doubt its given a second thought. My immediate thought is that child abuse is an act of Satan. To the Satanists with good guy badges, it’s all “But we don’t harm little children!” completely missing the point. The act of harming children in a society that asserts that it’s wrong and taboo, assigns it as Left-hand Path action. Aside that, harm is subjective. Millions of people believe they are doing right and good by their children, harming them, without ever laying a finger on them. Believers and Non-Believers alike. So please, don’t tell me that you don’t embrace Evil.
Carl Sagan and Corso aren’t that different in terms of character. Not only did he say this, he meant it with righteous indignation. He also said:
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
I’d consider the statement about zealots deep nonsense. I remain skeptical of his intentions when he said it and the science of mind doesn’t add up.
Having said it, does it make him a good person because he seemingly rejects the abuses of children? What about the harm done in the name of self-righteousness? In the name of protecting them?
The 9th Engraving Woodcut interprets to: “Now I know that from Darkness comes Light” , things considered dark, unknowable and off-limits can certainly light your ass on fire. One can be illuminated, in that your ignorance has been pulled into the light. If you reject Evil and all those spooky bad things, you can be assured you’re cutting off one hand to save the other. You’ve put a fence up in the field of knowledge but you’re not safe. Not even close. Eventually Evil penetrates barriers and erases imaginary lines. Temptation to know, is like that.
Tune in this week with your host SIN JONES for a round table discussion with James D. Hale founder of the former Church of IV Majesties responsible for a media whirlwind in Oklahoma City, when his group scheduled a mock-exorcism at the Civic Center in 2010. The group dismantled shortly thereafter but still enjoys trolling the locals. Now-a-days James is busy forming a local Biker group that is open to Satanists among its ranks. We will be discussing the event from his point of view, addressing criminal accusations, his recent interview for the documentary film The Real Enemy and what the media attention amounted to for personal gain. James is a writer, local rabble rouser and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His 14 year old daughter received some local media attention when she called out a local school for discrimmination against Satanists.
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Excerpt from Satanism, Black Magic, Voodoo: Leo Martello, 1972; Interview with Anton LaVey.
Most devil-worshippers and so-called Satanists are really reverse or perverse Judaeo-Christians. Does this apply to you? If not, why not?
What’s wrong if most Satanists are perverse Christians? After all, it was Christianity that perverted pagan beliefs. Every time a Christian engages in religious observances, he is performing a Black Mass in the truest sense, i.e. he is participating in a rite which is, down to its very implements, a mockery, a parody of once-established sacred ceremonies. In this regard the Satanist’s blasphemies are no worse than the Christians’.
Perversion, like good and evil, is relative. To a tribesman who goes about in a loincloth, a tuxedo would be a perversity. There are many Satanists who have no quarrel with Christianity, recognizing it as merely an obsolete but once-necessary means to control masses of people who, without the kind of fear engendered by such a religion, would be harder to control. This is an aspect of Satanism I could discuss for hours, had I the time.
I suppose I’m as much a pervert as the next Satanist when it comes to taking delight in violating sacred cows whose only right to existence reposes in their popularity. If Satanism were a fad and everyone flocked to it, I have no doubt that I would soon question the sincerity of many who would appear on the scene as “long-time Satanists”. Most people are perfectly willing to be “perverse” when it is fashionable, as is proven by today’s social climate. At least the perverse Satanist has directed his perversity towards an ideal target! Ideally one takes up Satanism out of logic rather than desperation; hence there is little chance that a person who has failed miserably in all his undertakings will suddenly find success after making his “pact” with the Devil.
In my opinion, If one has arrived at a Satanic logical deduction , then reactive Satanism would fall under desperation. The very idea of a reverse or perverse Christian is an attempt to rationalize Blasphemers, who at their very core are still very much believers that have become desperate when their expectations haven’t been met. Trading teams is just a way to stick it to the man that didn’t deliver.
Pacts with the Devil are just a form of self-applied delusion. Not in a belief in the Supernatural but rather that making promises and signing contracts is an actual Oath of dedication. Let’s face it, if you want something bad enough you sure as shit don’t need to jot it down and seal it in blood. Your blood, sweat and tears are already paid in actual efforts. That’s what separates the ordinary from extraordinary.
Identifying this force (Power) as Satanic isn’t necessary, you recognize it without giving it the Devil’s name. The would-be Devil’s Disciples can keep reading, parroting and try to convince their artificial companions that they’ve got it handled; I know better. How many books and/or forum posts do you think it takes to figure this shit out? If you haven’t got it yet, you never will.
Buddha: “We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you (as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart).
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness with follow you (as your shadow, unshakable).”
” Look how he abused me and beat me, how he threw me down and robbed me!”
Buddha: “Live with such thoughts and you will live in hate. Abandon such thoughts, live in love. In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible”.
Buddha also says that anger leads to insanity.
Why are some people capable of letting anger go, while others choose to dwell? Anger is a natural and healthy emotion, not one to stifle or subdue. The appropriate action may be to find this motherfucker and delivery a pointy reckoning so severe that he may never do you harm again. Not being able to seek your own justice leads one to dwell, for anger to fester and seek a suitable target. This is the type of behavior that leads to insanity. While society deems this sort of thing impure, Satan finds it necessary; an appropriate madness.
Comprehension of the written-language is of special interest to cognitive neuroscientists because it deals directly with the same cognitive processes that deal in perception and action. Research conducted with patients with lesions in their left frontal, temporal and parietal regions of the brain revealed that reading and spelling share common cognitive processes. An example such studies can be found HERE. For quick reference, see also: Reading (Process). I can also recommend Michael S. Gazzaniga’s The Cognitive Neurosciences III, 2004.
If you’ve ever communicated with a person that incessantly misinterprets what you’v written, you’ll come to realize that it’s not just your communication skills. It’s the cognition of the reader. Not to say that we don’t stumble in our efforts to effectively mediate understanding using the written language, we certainly, do but we must also take into account the reader’s perception which compels action. In the case Social Networking Technologies, it may account for particular responses that seem so off base you wonder if you’re speaking Japanese.
When G.I. Gurdjieff prepared his book for publishing to the printer in 1949, he gave this advice:
Read each of my written expositions thrice:
Firstly: at least as you have already become mechanized to read all your contemporary books and newspapers.
Secondly: as if you were reading aloud to another person.
And only thirdly: try and fathom the gist of my writings.Only then will you be able to count upon forming your own impartial judgment, proper to yourself alone, on my writings. And only then can my hope be actualized that according to your understanding you will obtain the specific benefit for yourself which I anticipate, and which I wish for you with all my being.
He elaborates on his reasoning for this process in Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson. A few years of studying Fourth Way certainly gave my brain some helpful exercises, it certainly didn’t turn me into a Fourth Way Student.
From The Book of SIN
“To know me, is to know my expressions.”
If you’re a subscriber to my blogs and wonder why you might find a Written, Visual and Audio form of the same blog, this is my way of saying that Gurdjieff and I are in agreement on that “Friendly Advice” he offers readers. It’s not enough to learn the process of reading, it’s extremely helpful to learn different ways to read to understand. That’s what we all want right? To understand what it is we’re reading? To be understood? To take in the knowledge and ‘know’ we understand. It’s not enough to decipher words, we should take into account the cognitive biases such as but not limited to: Confirmation Bias, Neglecting Probabilities, Observational Selection Biases, Projection Bias, Band-wagon Effect and many more. There are far too many to list here but for ease of reference, here’s a LINK. The activity of blogging and participating in forums is a mental exercise. In a recent discussion with Reap Paden, host of the Modern Satanism podcast, in discussing skepticism I had honed in on being skeptical of even my own thoughts. In a joking manner Reap asked: “Do you ever agree with anyone?” to which I replied: “What’s the fun in that?” Even though my comment was in jest, the way I delivered my answer, may imply many things to the listener. To clarify, it is fun, don’t get me wrong but I really am skeptical of my own thoughts and especially when I find myself in agreement; thus I choose an argumentative point to determine if it’s out of cognitive biases or to determine if my thinking is truly rational.
Key categories of cognitive skills
To define cognitive skills, it’s important to know that they include a wide variety of abilities. These abilities are necessary for analyzing sounds and images, recalling information, making associations between different pieces of information, and maintaining focus on a given task. Here are the core areas of cognitive skills, all of which can be targeted and strengthened by LearningRx Brain Training programs:
- Processing Speed: This is the speed at which your brain processes information. Faster processing speed means more efficient thinking and learning.
- Auditory Processing: This is the ability to analyze, blend and segment sounds. It’s also known as phonemic awareness. Surprisingly, auditory processing is crucial not just for speaking, but also for reading and spelling. This is because when you read, you need to be able to identify the individual and blended sounds that make each word unique and recognizable.
- Visual Processing: This is the ability to perceive, analyze and think in visual images. Visual processing is imperative for reading, remembering, walking, driving, playing sports and literally thousands of other tasks you do every day.
- Long-Term Memory: This is the “library” of facts and knowledge you have accumulated in the past.
- Short-Term Memory: Also called working memory, this skill handles the dynamic job of keeping at the forefront of your mind the information you need to complete immediate and short-term tasks.
- Logic and Reasoning: This is the ability to reason, form concepts, and solve problems using unfamiliar information or new procedures. It enables you to create correlations, solve problems, plan ahead and draw conclusions.
- Attention Skills: There are three types of attention skills. Sustained Attention is the ability to stay focused and on-task for a period of time.Selective Attention is the ability to quickly sort through incoming information and stay focused on one thing in spite of distractions. Divided Attention is the ability to multi-task.
To keep up with your own brain, there’s two different approaches to reading in traditional methods:
- Top-down: In top-down models, the decisions made at higher levels of processing are used to guide choices at lower levels.
- Bottom-up: In bottom-up models of reading, processing starts with the raw input and passes through increasingly refined analyses until the meaning of the text is grasped.
Research hosted by PMC demonstrates that neither method on its own can fully explain the reading process, thus both are used to fully grasp the meaning of a text. Give it proper context and it explains why so many people reading the same text come away with different meanings than the author intended. Visual/Audio editions of the same text don’t exactly resolve the issue. If you combine all (3) methods, you just might be understood rather than constantly asking yourself:
Hello? Is this thing on?