At the Void's Edge

Don’t let this Stuart-Smalley cover fool you; this is turning out to be an extremely Sinister text. In a good way.
Currently about a third of the way through this, and I’ve figured out this strange feeling it’s giving me: I feel like I’m reading The Satanic Bible again for the first time. I feel the same sense of following the ideas of what the author is saying, yet also feeling some pre-programmed resistance to ideas I seldom let myself think… even though when I really let myself think them, they pretty much make sense.
I’m not holding the author as an infallible guru, just as I didn’t slavishly take LaVey’s every word without question. So far I find his arguments about the government being not that much different than rule by the Mafia creaky and unconvincing. Still, his greater points are well taken. I also note that this book was originally written in 1973, so this isn’t some cheap attempt to cash in on the “We Suddenly Hate the Government Because Barack Obama Won the Election” Tea Party bandwagon. This is legitimate, actual Libertarianism that doesn’t magically exempt religious control freaks from scrutiny and questioning.
Brown’s most encouraging thesis is that maximizing one’s individual freedom of more, not fewer choices for future actions does not hang upon organizing like-minded people for political activism, nor dropping off the grid and growing your own food on a lonely mountain someplace. He offers a range of suggestions for freeing oneself from a wide variety of mental and emotional “traps” that ultimately serve to hinder our personal liberties. Where Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible offered a blueprint for freedom from conventional Western religious strangleholds, Freedom in an Unfree World addresses a broad spectrum of other life dimensions - not just religion - in which various “traps” lure us into complacency, resignation, and unquestioning acceptance of the status quo.
I’m growing excited by the implications of what I’ve read so far.

Don’t let this Stuart-Smalley cover fool you; this is turning out to be an extremely Sinister text. In a good way.

Currently about a third of the way through this, and I’ve figured out this strange feeling it’s giving me: I feel like I’m reading The Satanic Bible again for the first time. I feel the same sense of following the ideas of what the author is saying, yet also feeling some pre-programmed resistance to ideas I seldom let myself think… even though when I really let myself think them, they pretty much make sense.

I’m not holding the author as an infallible guru, just as I didn’t slavishly take LaVey’s every word without question. So far I find his arguments about the government being not that much different than rule by the Mafia creaky and unconvincing. Still, his greater points are well taken. I also note that this book was originally written in 1973, so this isn’t some cheap attempt to cash in on the “We Suddenly Hate the Government Because Barack Obama Won the Election” Tea Party bandwagon. This is legitimate, actual Libertarianism that doesn’t magically exempt religious control freaks from scrutiny and questioning.

Brown’s most encouraging thesis is that maximizing one’s individual freedom of more, not fewer choices for future actions does not hang upon organizing like-minded people for political activism, nor dropping off the grid and growing your own food on a lonely mountain someplace. He offers a range of suggestions for freeing oneself from a wide variety of mental and emotional “traps” that ultimately serve to hinder our personal liberties. Where Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible offered a blueprint for freedom from conventional Western religious strangleholds, Freedom in an Unfree World addresses a broad spectrum of other life dimensions - not just religion - in which various “traps” lure us into complacency, resignation, and unquestioning acceptance of the status quo.

I’m growing excited by the implications of what I’ve read so far.

Ethics, Politics and Chicken-For-Christ

Every once in a while one of my heretic, neo-pagan, humanist or secularist friends will yell at me for occasionally eating at Chick-Fil-A, due to its well-known connections with a wide variety of Christian activist operations, Jesus Camps and anti-gay politics. I tell them I give Chicken-For-Christ a pass because they consistently get teenagers to give courteous, professional service, which is close enough to a real-world miracle for me.

That’s my half-joking answer. But my more serious answer has more to do with the current trajectory of the emerging Aeonic currents. Simply stated, the expiring Aeons are beyond saving by Chicken-For-Christ or anyone else.

True, Abrahamic monotheism is unlikely to die out completely; I consider such a thing neither realistically possible nor necessarily desirable. But the old days of the little men with holy books pretending to speak for God dictating the morals of the masses by divine fatwa are over in the civilized word and dying out elsewhere, flailing attempts at turning back the clock notwithstanding. The Enlightenment will not be undone now.

Sexual liberty for consenting adults - and recognition of the inherent equality and dignity of the same, in spite of Abrahamic pseudo-morality - is a done deal in the West. Aleister Crowley’s Utterance of the Word Thelema, followed by Anton LaVey’s Utterance of Indulgence, have taken root in the West - though not necessarily in the ways their respective Magi may have intended. The forces of theocracy and Dominionism aren’t spent yet, but their fights are rage-tantrums of defeat, resentment and phony victimhood. They’re not getting their Seven Mountains back.

So I’m perfectly happy to make a sinful LaVeyan Indulgence of Chicken-For-Christ’s tender, oh-so-delicious, seasoned-to-perfection chicken, and I’m sure they’re happy to take my money. If they want to blow their money on a bunch of lost political causes, that’s not my problem.

—Brother Virgil

MAJOR ECI-gasm. :D

Awesome Indies:  Abobo’s Big Adventure

Abobo’s Big Adventure is a free to play in browser parody game which pays tribute to the 8-bit glory days of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). In the game Abobo’s son has been kidnapped and now it’s up to you to help Abobo fight his way through some of the greatest NES games of all time in order to rescue him. 

The development of the game began way back in 2002 when Roger Barr set out to have Abobo fight his way through a variety of classic NES games in search of his lost son, Aboboy. The project was off an on until 2006 when a team of people started from scratch with one simple goal: make Abobo’s Big Adventure the ultimate tribute to the Nintendo Entertainment System. This is the game that any kid who grew up on the NES always dreamed of playing and it goes beyond anything the system ever could’ve been capable of. 

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