by Kerry Bolton – [from The Watcher, Order of the Left-Hand Path]
“The law of the strong: this is our law, and the joy of the world.”
Aleister Crowley, Liber AL
Whatever one may think of Crowley and the Qabalistic obfuscation of his doctrine, Thelema, once the Hebraic maze is unravelled there stands forth a doctrine which is essentially Nietzschean, and therefore has a certain common ground with Satanism.
“Nietzsche may be regarded as one of our prophets”, wrote Crowley, when declaring that Thelema champions ‘master morality’ above that of the slave, the noble above the serf, and the lone wolf above the herd.
A morality of strength which Satanism demands is the antithesis of the life-dreading dogmas of the lap-dog masses, with their Christianity and their Sermon on the Mount, and other fantasies designed to offer comfort from the brutal world of reality.
Indeed the blasphemous repudiation of the Sermon on the Mount (the creed par excellence of the weak and worthless) by Satanism brings one back to a profoundly positive philosophy, in that it is inverting a negative. This is apparent in the rites of genuine Black Masses, and in the pagan declaration of Ragnar Redbeard, whose Might is Right was incorporated into Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible as the Book of Satan: Blessed are the strong, for they shall possess the Earth. Cursed are the weak for they shall inherit the yoke. Blessed are the powerful, for they shall be reverenced among men. Cursed are the feeble for they shall be blotted out. Blessed are the bold, for they shall be masters of the world. Cursed are the humble for they shall be trodden under hoofs…..”
Such are the cosmic laws – partly reflected by Darwin’s ‘natural selection’ which have dragged humanity up from the slime. Such are the laws which must again prevail if humanity is not to slide back into the slime of undifferentiated existence. For these are the laws of life; they are the laws not only by which species evolve towards higher forms, but by which civilizations arise to advance Man culturally. Nature has inscribed in granite the timeless dictum that if the strong and mighty do not prevail, they will be engulfed by the weak and worthless, by sheer weight of numbers. And the strong and mighty – the culture bearing stratum – can only be overcome by their inferiors if they themselves succumb to the rot of decadence, of soft living and soft options, under the guise of some new religious revelation or cultural ‘sophistication’, rationalizations for the abdication of their Duty to posterity.
All great human endeavours are founded upon might and conquest, upon hierarchy and inequality, upon a recognition of the primacy of the noble and warrior castes, and the recognition of their mastership by the lower (note the example of Vedic India in particular and the principles upon which that Civilization was founded and flourished – and on the principles upon which it floundered and died).
Today, as in the end-phase of previous High Cultures, we find the reversal of cosmic reality in favour of sickly humanitarianisms, whether it be called Christianity or liberalism, etc., demanding that all have some right to’ life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’, and when these utopian ideals fail to materialize of their own accord – as they should if reflecting the cosmic pulse of life – who is it that ‘foots the bill’ but the ever diminishing creative minority of the world? And the more that is given to alleviate the conditions of the incompetent and the hopeless of mass humanity, the more their situation is aggravated. What good can come of trying to sustain the unsustainable, until the creative minority itself becomes impoverished or is genetically washed away into oblivion? What is to be gained by subsidizing the breeding of ever more specimens of lower humanity?
The law of the strong demands the elimination of the unfit, of the worthless, and this means of simply letting nature’s biological mechanism once again become operative, freed from the intervention of the humanitarian. Far from from this being an ‘extremist’ solution, it is one conductive to balance, for the humanitarian gestures of the missionaries of Yeshua and liberalism have had their day and have achieved nothing but further suffering.
The Earth is overdue for a human purging, an Apocalypse of the Masters reasserting their supremacy over the Earth, the antithesis of the Revelation of the mad John. As Nietzsche wrote: “That which is falling should also be pushed…. And him that you do not teach to fly teach to fall faster!” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). What shall replace the old world of the weak and the worthless? A return to the laws of the cosmos – to the law of the strong, to the mastery of the world by the Masters, a ‘Satanic empire’ of unlimited aspiration and potential which shall Will into Being that Satanically-spawned ‘mighty and renown’ race of “giants” written of in the Hebraic scriptures (Gen. 6:5) with fear and dread.
We call ourselves Satanists because the name means – in Hebrew – Adversary / Accuser. Satan and The Watchers are symbols of rebellion against tyrannical god and moral concepts which stifle human ascent. We
take our stand on the side of rebellion leading to liberation from slave religions, moralities and ideologies, the chief one being in the West at this time Judaeo-christianity, with Marxism and the Puritan money ethic(ideological liberalism) being excrescences of this heritage.
LaVeyan Satanism is only a beginning. It leads to a hedonism which all too easily becomes a pandering to one’s every weakness in the pursuit of a trivialized selfishness, today epitomized by the lifestyle of the Yuppie. The OLHP’s concept of Satanism has from the beginning placed emphasis on Nietzschean-style Self-Overcoming, rather than upon indulgence. The Carnal doctrine and indulgence have been integral parts of conventional society for some three decades now and have ceased to be heretical and Satanic.
It is only those who have mastered themselves who can make any claim to master others, and whether this sounds “crypto-facist” or not, there will always be the masters and the servants, no matter how ‘democratic’ a regime may profess to be. They [the servants] can be manipulated to conform to the will of the magician, which we call ‘magick’. Crowley, as basically a Nietzschean, recognized this well.
I believe one most effectively works with a system based on one’s own heritage, as one may more readily tap into culturally-specific archetypes which are a part of one’s own unconscious. The disposing of the Hebraic qabbalistic stuff from Thelema is also sensible in my view. What remains is a Nietzschean core.
ALEISTER CROWLEY – HYMN TO LUCIFER:
Ware, nor of good nor ill, what aim hath act?
Without its climax, death, what saviour hath
Life? an impeccable machine, exact
He paces an inane and pointless path
To glut brute appetites, his sole content
How tedious were he fit to comprehend
Himself! More, this our noble element
Of fire in nature, love in spirit, unkenned
Life hath no spring, no axle, and no end.
His body a blood-ruby radiant
With noble passion, sun-souled Lucifer
Swept through the dawn colossal, swift aslant
On Eden’s imbecile perimeter.
He blessed nonentity with every curse
And spiced with sorrow the dull soul of sense,
Breathed life into the sterile universe,
With Love and Knowledge drove out innocence
The Key of Joy is disobedience.