“The Devil is primordial Evil, the Heart of Chaos Who is eternal. He was and He will be. The j.c. conception is just one of many human concepts; it will be destroyed as all human concepts will be. You can find the Devil’s shadow in every human religion, because everyone knows that Evil exists. It’s not evil of people who all will die. It’s Eternal Evil that will destroy the Universe.”
This quote has circulated Facebook a bit, but I believe the progenitor of the quote is an independent anti-cosmic Satanist whose Facebook name is Sommer Burtis. Let us lay out the various suppositions presented within the paragraph and examine their veracity.
One: The Devil is Primordial Evil
Good and evil are causal illusions erected by humans for the practical purpose of laying the groundwork for productive human interaction. Humans depend upon society (other people) for their survival, and human collocation can only be advantageous if the members of the group do not trespass against one another. At its most basic level, a society is just an organized cease-fire. This is merely a description of why morality came about, not an endorsement or refutation of it.
Adherence to morality and subversive behavior are merely different survival strategies, and a strategy is but a means to an end. Good and evil cannot be commendable qualities in and of themselves– their desirability is determined by what can be accomplished through them. Satan is kind, patient, and supportive when interacting with Satanists (moral strategy), and deceptive and destructive when interacting with his enemies (subversive strategy).
Morality is merely a group of strategies disguised as values. Since society as a whole benefits from its members being “well-behaved,” society has determined that being “well-behaved” is a positive trait in and of itself, rather than what it really is: a set of behaviors which happen to be advantageous for one who lives in a society and would like to see it preserved.
Sentient beings cannot be adequately or accurately described by good or evil. Better defining traits of the Devil are evolution, iconoclasm, individuality, sorcery, predation, transformation, and Faustian-Promethean values.
One could argue that since many of the traits most associated with Satan are considered immoral by the mainstream, it is accurate to define Satan as “evil (as seen by the common man)”. However, the Satanist would then be defining Satan within a paradigm he knows to be fallacious. That is not productive.
Two: The Devil is… the Heart of Chaos
Atazoth is the Heart of Chaos. Satan is a very different being.
(Note: Sommer does not summon spirits and considers it unproductive to do so)
Three: The Devil is… Eternal.
All spirits are immortal. They don’t die of old age.
Four: All human concepts will be [destroyed]
Oh, and concepts cannot be destroyed. Even if no one believes in them, the concept still exists.
Five: You can find the Devil’s shadow in every human religion, because everyone knows that Evil exists.
Countless religions lack a theomorphic manifestation of immorality. The Platonic concept of defining Yahweh as the omnificent hypostasis of goodness is often unsupported even by the Bible itself.
Six: Eternal Evil will Destroy the Universe
This concept is based on the idea that the universe should be destroyed because it is (perceived as) non-conducive to the human’s rise to godhood and spiritual power, despite the fact that nature is inherently inclined to evolution and adversity. Any witch knows that “nature has an expansive effect upon spiritual endeavors,” as Nate Leved said, so the anti-cosmic stance is peculiar. As a daimon once asked me rhetorically, “Why would you want to destroy something so perfectly fucked up?”
Think about it. If Satan despises humanity and wants to kill us all, why does he help and guide Satanists who don’t want to destroy the universe?
More often than not, the desire to destroy the universe is contingent upon the belief that it was created by a demiurge, generally Yahweh, as a prison for humankind. This is a peculiar stance to take, since Yahweh’s rules for his people are so inherently anti-nature.