Now that Thanksgiving’s past and Christmas fast on its way (yes—I was raised WASPy), our family has once again embarked on annual holiday movie viewing, and my thoughts naturally turn to the cultural stories I inhabit and that, in turn, inhabit—nay, have colonized—me. Our cultural narratives give us roles to play, ready-made perspectives to take … Continue reading Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh
A little known fact from my former Mormon days is that I had a calling in two separate wards across two different states as a Gospel Principles teacher. For those of you “gentiles” who know little about the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) faith, a calling is a job or duty assigned to you by a priesthood … Continue reading Free Your Mind
Incredible irony attends the fact that in his dialogue Phaedrus, Plato portrays his teacher Socrates opining that writing enfeebles the mind and memory and produces ideas that cannot speak, answer questions, or come to their own defense. Of course, were it not for the writings of Plato and the so-called Minor Socratics, these very ideas … Continue reading A Downside to Reading?
“I am all eyes I am all ears I am the wall And I’m watching you fall Because faith is mine!” Ghost “Faith” Prequelle We Satanists don’t much like anyone watching us, keeping tabs, and threatening punishment, whether the secular state or a moralizing Big God. By their own admission and in the words of … Continue reading The Limits of Legibility
A good long while ago, I read author Peggy Orenstein’s wonderful book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape all about the weird hangups and pathologies surrounding female sexuality from which we suffer signally in this country. An important moment in the book for me came when the author was discussing the concept of … Continue reading You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right
I’ve written about this subject before, but I want to revisit it here for the sake of this month of posts on the theme of abundance. I especially wanted to publish this post today, as people are once again taking to the polls to vote in Midterm elections. Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt is famous for … Continue reading The Abundant Nonsense of Liberal Moral Scarcity
For the month of November, posts here will all center around the general theme of abundance. I get the cornucopia started here with a post that deals with great abundance of the potential for meaning in appropriating historical words and symbols and imbuing them with new and different meaning in an effort to make them … Continue reading An Abundance of Meaning from a relative Paucity of Symbols
The Most Abundant Night of the Year Halloween is a time of such natural abundance. I launch into fits of ecstasy seeing the faces of trick or treaters as I greet them at the door; scare them a little by acting all subtle and creepy one moment and then letting rip a booming, sinister “Happy … Continue reading Abundance and Ownership: Competing Claims on the Complicated Life of Words and Symbols