Welcome back for the second installment of Veganism and Satanism, where I’m sharing my thoughts on how parts of The Book of Lucifer in The Satanic Bible align with my views on veganism. If you missed vol. 1, check it out here.
To reiterate, the Church of Satan does not endorse veganism as part of its teachings.
The Satanist realizes that man, and the action and reaction of the universe, is responsible for everything, and doesn’t mislead himself into thinking that someone cares. No longer will we sit back and accept “fate” without doing anything about it, just because it says so in Chapter such and such, Psalm so and so – and that’s that!p. 41
The Satanist, realizing that anything he gets is of his own doing, takes command of the situation instead of praying to God for it to happen. Positive thinking and positive action add up to results.p. 41
I interpret these passages as relating to my (and humankind’s) ‘fate’ as a participant in the meat, dairy, and other animal product industries. The western world is not set up for those of us who choose to avoid animal cruelty in our lives. Unless we make the conscious decision to live differently, and purposely avoid products that promote animal cruelty, it’s not going to happen. Satanists do not believe in falling victim to ‘fate’ – this world is ours to make what we want of it!
When a Satanist commits a wrong, he realizes that it is natural to make a mistake – and if he is truly sorry about what he has done, he will learn from it and take care not to do the same thing again.p. 41
No one is perfect in this world (not even Satanists). For me, I consider all the years I spent consuming and utilizing animal products as a BIG mistake. There’s no point in giving myself grief about it, or feeling sad, because it was a combination of factors outside of my control (like being a child and having your parents decide what you eat), and conscious choices I made as an adult, with full awareness of what I was doing. But I’ve come to my senses, and have learned better. I have enough self awareness to recognize the mistake that I made, and took action to change it by coming back to veganism for the right reasons!
If the world has changed so much, why continue to grasp at the threads of a dying faith?p. 47
In this passage, LaVey is specifically referencing Christianity. To me, it also applies to outdated ideals around health and food. The ‘dying faith’ is the idea that humans need animal products to survive and be healthy. FALSE! Even elite athletes have shown improvements when changing to a plant-based diet.
You have no right to complain about a political situation you have voted for or supported in any way – which includes sitting back and complacently agreeing with neighbors who approve the situation, just because you are too lazy or cowardly to speak your mind.p. 50
This one really hits me deeply. As someone who was vegan for seven years, then took a five-year break before coming back earlier this year, I have realized that I spent those five years living in a way that didn’t line up with my personal values and beliefs, for reasons that were flimsy and unimportant. Living that way really created a contradiction; I loved animals and was obviously in favor of animal rights, but was still eating meat and consuming dairy products. It didn’t feel right. Thankfully I came back to my senses and returned to a vegan lifestyle, which has eliminated all of those contradictory feelings.
Satanism represents a form of controlled selfishness. This does not mean that you never do anything for anyone else. If you do something to make someone for whom you care happy, his happiness will give you a sense of gratification.p. 51
This passage relates back to the concept of vital existence (and vital energy). To a Satanist, life is absolutely precious – you only get one, and it should be lived to the fullest. A Satanist would not waste their vital existence and vital energy on something that didn’t make them happy. “Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates!” (p. 25) I refuse to waste my time doing anything that doesn’t ultimately make me happy. And one thing that does make me happy is being kind to animals, and being an active participant in their welfare. Is it ultimately self-serving? Yes, because it makes me happy. But it also happens to be good for the animals too.
Satanism advocates practicing a modified form of the Golden Rule. Our interpretation of this rule is: “Do unto others as they do unto you”…p. 51
Well no animal has ever milked me or killed me for their food, so it seems there is no need for me to do the same.
Each person must decide for himself what his obligations are to his respective friends, family, and community.p. 77
This relates, again, to vital existence and vital energy. I’ve *chosen* veganism as one of my obligations to my community. It is a sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle that makes me feel good and happens to also be good for the world. Easy choice!
Under NO circumstances would a Satanist sacrifice any animal or baby!p. 89
There are sound and logical reasons why the Satanist could not perform such sacrifices. Man, the animal, is the godhead to the Satanist. The purest form of carnal existence reposes in the bodies of animals and human children who have not grown old enough to deny themselves their natural desires…Therefore, the Satanist holds these beings in a sacred regard, knowing he can learn much from these natural magicians of the world.p. 89
These passages are from the section “On the Choice of a Human Sacrifice,” although I feel they apply more generally too. If you’ve read Satanic texts, you know there is obviously there is no need to sacrifice an animal for a Satanic ritual ceremony; I believe that extends to sacrificing animals for food and other industries. Satanists believe that “Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours…” (p. 25); if that’s the case, and I would never eat say, one of my friends, then it doesn’t make sense to me to eat an animal.
It’s worth mentioning here that Satanism is an anti-egalitarian religion, so I’m not making the case that humans and animals should be considered or treated equally. However, it’s impossible to deny the fact that animals are sentient, conscious, and often loving individuals. Each time you make the choice to eat meat or use animal products, you’re making a conscious decision that impacts the life of another being that lives on this earth just like you.
Life is the one great indulgence; death the one great abstinence.p. 92
Explanation’s not really necessary here. Satanists value life intensely – to me, that means the lives of animals too.
All quoted material comes directly from The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey.
Interpretations and opinions are my own; I am not a spokesperson for, nor endorsed by, the Church of Satan or any other entity.