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from The Satanic Codex 2020 by /Bert LaVey

Copyright © 2019–2021 Bruce Peterson

Chapter 5
The Reason For Hatred

Part 5- The Reasons for Hatred 


Monotheists are still hindered by the tragic belief that the world was made for humanity by some unfathomable God, and that humans are little meat and clay dolls meant to imitate God’s supposed image while trapped in an intentional ignorance of God’s device- this is a purposefully imposed denial of humanity achieving its potential for self-aware knowledge (as expressed in the creation mythology of monotheists). There is little reason to love a narcissistic, sadistic, arrogant deity that supposedly made humans into powerless, doomed mockeries, who are forever wallowing in supposedly preventable (via supposed omnipotence) misery and suffering; hatred of such a God is easy to justify. As stated before,

The S.O.S. generally sees God as representing unjustified hatred in the disguise of ‘unconditional’ love, while Satan represents conditional love revealed through justified hatred.

God personifies the ultimate voice of authoritative prevention of the freedom of love, and thus hatred of those ‘divinely’ manufactured conditions which prevent love becomes justified. The S.O.S. should encourage feelings (and socially responsible expressions) of both love and hate when these emotions are organically produced through rational, critical, independent thought and community consciousness. 


We should here recognize that humans (that is to say, as a species) we have little of which to be proud. At least viruses, intestinal worms, ticks, leeches and other parasites don’t have the capacity to delude themselves. They just exist, without attempting justification for their cruel survival traits. Most species of life on Earth do not express joy or pleasure derived from the cruel necessities of the food chain. They don’t intentionally cause other species to go extinct en mass. They don’t hunt for sport. They don’t force genetic modifications upon other species. They don’t habitually abuse their young. Parasitic species (other than humans) lack the capacity for self-awareness, and without that self-awareness they lack a conscience, and so they are therefore perfectly innocent when compared with the monsters we have become. And when we look back and ask why we have become such loathsome creatures, we can place the blame squarely on God, for God’s supposedly glory is dependent on the contrast to our supposed wretchedness. God is akin to a slumlord in this way, keeping many impoverished so that one might prosper. 


Hatred is a mental and emotional response which contains vast power- power that the institutions of God’s influence abuse at every turn. Much of monotheism is based on the unjust hatred of non-monotheists and individuals with non-normative appearances and lifestyles. While monotheists abuse hatred by using it prejudicially towards large groups of people, they often hypocritically preach of their ‘God of love.’ We are told we must love, told that God is love, and it is therefore implied that we are eternal slaves to God’s unfathomable interpretation of love. Monotheists unjustly claim a ‘divine’ monopoly over the power to define both love and hatred, and relegate the expressions of powerful, action-inducing human emotions into the abyss of the ‘divine,’ into the inaccessible (and hence, inactive) sphere of ‘God’s alone.’ The inactivity of people with suppressed emotions enables hierarchical organization- without emotional motivation, people are unlikely to effect social change and challenge unjust social structures. There is reason for a lasting anger, an ongoing general moral indignation, a rational, justified hatred of the causes of social injustice. Emotions can induce responses to social conditions, which are threats to monotheistic institutional capacity to hierarchically impose both love and hatred as aspects of those social conditions.

The S. O. S. should regard emotional awareness, experience, and expression as evidence of the ability to effect social change, unlike the monotheistic conceptualization of heightened emotional awareness as a path toward ‘sin’ or a burdensome punishment resulting from ‘original sin.’ An individual’s ability to judge based on both knowledge and emotion is also a challenge to the concept of a ‘divine’ judgment. We might have logical and moral reason to hate, but are told to never express our true emotions for fear that we be judged as evil, both by society in life and by God in an afterlife. However, the greater evil is in denying true opinions and emotions out of fear when those moralistic instincts would cause a beneficial change to the world.

The S. O.S. generally find that expressing hatred towards the fictional character and religious concept of God is a more focused, strategic, and empowering usage of the tool of hatred than to hate living human beings, especially when the character and concept of God inspires so much ignorance, inequality, injustice and immorality in monotheistic society. This is a key differentiating factor of the S. O. S. from monotheists- we can see that the institution is the issue, not the individuals adhering to the institution's beliefs, whereas monotheists cannot separate the two… those who behave in a manner that does not align with the stifling uniformity of their monotheistic belief system are thereby disregarded, displaced, and even violently attacked.

Monotheists often believe that actions are an effect of identity, and that identity itself is an effect or ‘creation’ of ‘divinity’, whereas the rational S. O. S. would know that acts can be based on a complex network of interconnected (but in no way divine) influences- personal identity, cultural norms, economic pressures, hierarchical coercion, moral values, biological necessities, genetic predispositions, environmental factors, specific social situations, past experiences, etc. Action is not a result of identity alone. Identity itself is not a fixed, static position, nor does it originate in a fictitious divinity or within the confines of finite definitions.

Acting upon both accumulated knowledge and a wide range of emotion is a vital and indispensable part of the human experience-an affirming process which the S. O. S.

to relinquish to monotheism's demands to conform to the expectations of inscrutable 'divine' love. 


It is important to remember that hatred need not always be violently applied towards its recipients. Hatred can be expressed in any number of creative ways which pose no threat of physical injury or death, or which provide a threat of force but do not actually cause physical injury or death. Hatred can often be expressed more accurately without violence, because that violence can easily be misinterpreted as instinctual self-preservation. When hatred is truly morally justified, it can often (but not always) be identified by an emotion shared by a community, and can thus be expressed in a number of differing ways, both collectively and divergently by individuals in that community. Hatred need not be expressed violently- it is precisely because so much of our species exhibits such hierarchically-enforced patterns of inhumane and unethical behavior towards each other that such violent expressions of hatred arise. Hatred is a powerful emotion- one that is often abused, but one that can also be carefully used towards positive ends.


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