Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh

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 on like custom lenses to see life through. Our stories don’t just provide us with a way to bring a messy, chaotic world under the limited control of comprehension, but, perhaps more importantly, serve to acculturate and domesticate us—tellers and listeners alike—as well. In so many crucial senses, Satan represents resistance to some of these cultural narratives and their process of domestication. It’s a self-conscious decolonization of the mental and behavioral territory annexed and claimed in the name of prevailing attitudes and dominant patterns. The key to at least some of the abundant personal freedom so many find in modern Satanism is, to quote early-nineties’ En Vogue: “Free your mind, and the rest will follow.’’ To follow where this path leads, click here for more.    

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