I have to say that I really like how you used signal-to-noise ratio to express that opinion, but with that said. I would lie to see it actually expanded in some ways. I would like to see every essay rewritten with more information crammed in to elaborate on ideas with added footnotes, examples, glossary, index, appendix, flow charts, and while we are at it why not a few diagrams of social conscience so that i could better understand the hierarchy of "sheeple" I wish to lead to the slaughter (metaphorically speaking). Hey, is there a Satanic Tech Manual?
I must say, I am so unbelievably happy with everything I've seen you post. Your humor and wit have been everything I've been looking for in the people immediately around me. In that thought, I hope I've taken everything you've said as you've meant it. The only thing I can show for it is my admiration for your posts. I look forward to corresponding with you. Now with that out of the way....
As with everything, noise is there to discern the serious from the simple onlooker.(if you have the knowledge of the concept of noise to signal ratio, you must realize the ability needed to weed out the true signal from the noise) If it wasn't, there would be no purpose, and I find it truly hard to believe that everything in it isn't there for a reason. I'm not LaVeyian, but I recognize true cognitive intelligence when I see it. Even the biographies of LaVey show that he didn't do things without a purpose. Whether it be manipulative or to hide the true nature of his beliefs and what he wanted to achieve or others to understand, everything is there for its own specific purpose. If you disagree with it thats fine. It's no hair off my back.
I just finished an incredibly huge discussion about the rituals in the SB with my wiccan fiance, and I believe she understands far more than shes willing to admit at the moment. She controls her surroundings with the efficiency of a true satanist, but does it on such a level that she doesn't recognize it as I do. I'm objective, shes not. Semantics, mysticism, etc. are there to weed out true believers in themselves from those that are aiming for something outside themselves to believe in. Which seems to be the aim of satanism. To weed out those that are useless and undetermined to achieve anything from those who have the potential of greatness in them. it is objectivism with the emotional and spiritual needs to handle the world we have to deal with. If Anton was half the man any of us are expected to think he is, he wouldn't dare put his thoughts in such an outright performance. (purely conjecture, but prove me wrong if you feel the need to) He commanded absolute values and explored those values in the Satanic Bible. And we are the descendants who already were aware of our own absolute values. (once again, if anyone feels the need to interject, please do, I'm not here to argue, merely discuss)
What I've found in the SB is not the truths I was looking for, but a symbol I can identify with and have suit my needs and wants. To argue the SB is not blasphemy in any form. I fully recognize the right of anyone to criticize Mr. LaVey. What I find contention with is someones urge to change what he has said, to change ones objective values to suit their own, to re-write a truly definitive piece of work, when every person has their own power to create their own piece of work and definitive values. That is what satanism means to me. Not that he was wrong, but that he was right on more parts than many are ready to admit. Whether there be an obstruct of signal to noise level to one person does not mean the book needs to be changed.(if one node is gathering more noise than an other, do you shutdown the entire network or try to figure out what is wrong with that nodes connection?)
It was his work. To change it now would be to have no respect for anything he stood for.
It just means you need to create your own to suit your needs. No ones word should be taken as definitive truth unless you allow it to be definitive truth. Your word should be your definitive truth. That, as far as I'm concerned, is the great truth of satanism.
I feel at this point some apology is warranted, but you will receive none. Something has been written that you hold as value. But not enough as value that you are willing to accept it and elaborate on your own, that you wish to diminish that which it is. To change the Satanic Bible is NOT blasphemy, but a total disregard to his right to have his name on that book, and a total disregard of recognition for what he has started.
The idea of an anti-culture, anti-christian ideal did not start with Anton LaVey, but he coined the idea that has become the backbone of everything that has since developed. I AM a Satanist. Not by his words, but by my own. I AM my own god and will have my own values written down for me to observe. I have nothing but respect for Anton whether I believe every word is necessary or not. He apparently did. Why change it?
If I come off as defensive, I am not sorry. Out of all the self-help books my family has bought for me, nothing has compared to the assurance I've found in the Satanic Bible which I bought myself. Of no volition other than my own.
I will defend his work as I would the Korn guitarist which my christian friends prayed for when he "found god". My life is better for everything they have done, as is it better for everything Anton has done.
I DO NOT assert that Anton LaVey was/is infallible. But to suggest that anyone change what he has done in writing, in his life, etc., is an act which I will fight to the end.
If you truly believe that things need to change, then be the source of that change. Live on your convictions and create your own dogma, which is the true foundry of the "Modern Satanist".
I WILL NOT apologize for anything said in this post.