Satanic Identity

Anton LaVey had a lot to say about creating artificial humans. There is something inherently Satanic in the idea of self-authorship. Modern identity politics, though, insists on a more traditional notion of identity as foisted from without. Claims to identity are usually treated as verifiably and falsifiably truth-conditional. However, from earliest childhood, humans are master chameleons, genuinely enjoying the constant play of identity inherent in games like “dress-up.” As play with transgender, non-binary, and even racial identities gets more and more press, the ugliness of truth-conditional concepts of identity becomes apparent. A more Satanic approach would be to regard identity-play as essentially expressive, signaling a stance the individual is taking to themself and the world around them, but not making a claim on the truth of the objective world. Claiming an identity is like yelling goddamn! It expresses feeling, garners attention, irrevocably alters social relations. The one thing it doesn’t do, though, is stake a claim others can evaluate for truth or falsity. For more, click here goddamit!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s