Clench 'em tight. from Dan_Dread's blog

I've written plenty in the past about facing extreme challenges to your own psyche, in fact this is the overarching theme of ADM. Yet,there is another aspect to the LHP that is often given a nod of the head but seldom engaged directly, and often ignore outright..and this is pushing the boundaries of the more mundane aspects of existence.


Often it is said that there is no real sense in putting thought, time or effort into how one presents themselves on the web. After all it's just the web, it isn't the real world. Right? None of this matters, so why put out any real effort. So they say.


The same can apply, and does apply, to the 'real world'. Often I am surrounded by those that do the bare minimum to get by in any given situation, scrape past 'life lessons' without learning anything, doing things but never improving..not because they can't, but because they don't care. Why give 100% when 50% will do? So they say.


They coast through life on the path of least resistance, while they provide a support structure by making no demands of themselves, or of those around them. They facilitate mediocrity, and demonize those things which are hard, those things which take effort. They take pride in their failures, minimizing the importance of success, contextually speaking, and of improvement in general. 


They form control memes. 'obsessive', 'perfectionist', 'workaholic', while minimizing failure through memes like 'you did your best' and 'Well, I tried' when usually both are far from the truth. 


This is of course nothing new, as it describes the nomian plebe, the common man sitting on his hands waiting to die, but for the contemporary Left Hand Path, it is a sickness. A disease. 


This is why I personally feel little to no pity for those that dig their own graves though their lack of action or failure to take the reigns over their own situations. This is why I feel contempt when I see something written by one representing themselves as a Satanist that hasn't even been spell checked, or provides content that quite obviously has not been thought about, studied, or understood in even a peripheral way.


The fact that no effort has been put in seldom stops these sorts of 'nomian satanists' from expecting accolades for their phoned in efforts, nor does it stop the 'white knight' variety..which is basically the same nomian animal with an added sense of moral superiority, from trying to keep any stratification from happening. After all, demanding any sort of qualitative performance from those you surround yourself makes you an asshole, an elitist, or 'thinking you are better than everyone' 


Here's the thing, most of the time that is true. This isn't because I am smarter, or faster, or able to eat more hot dogs in a sitting than any Japanese gurgitator alive, but simply because I constantly strive to improve in everything I do, and I am sometimes successful. If I decide to do something, anything, it is with the intention of mastery. Self mastery, mastery of others, mastery of my environment. This isn't accomplished by mentally of physically sequestering ones self, but by facing the word and everything in it with full ferocity. 


People say this particular medium doesn't matter, that you don't get a full sense of a person here, and I agree. Yet, you can learn much by how one presents themselves in any medium. You see many here that through the years do not change at all, do not improve at all, make the same basic spelling errors and never seem to learn anything new.  These same people are generally the ones that talk about their Satanism existing not online, but 'in the real', yet I am always left to wonder..if these people can not even improve in a minor way, here, than how can anyone be expected to believe they are conducting serious satanism 'out there'? Should not all that 'sinister experience' out there show though some sort of trail of progression in ones words? In the fine tuning of their presentation, the streamlining of both the 'big stuff' and the details?


When you, dear reader, try to place yourself into this spectrum, where do you honestly find yourself?


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Mr_Scare
Nov 1 '13
Honestly, I wish I had more ambition in life. I am perfectly capable of competing, and holding my own in conversations, debates and even physically. My confidence lets me down more than anything. I doubt myself and my own abilities far too much, which is frustrating because when I do put in 100% I realise that I can do anything I want.

I love my martial arts, and I really do put 100% effort in when I am training. If I train with somebody with lesser skills than me, I aim to show them how to better themselves. And when I train with somebody better than me, you can bet I don't make their training easy on them. I will pull every dirty trick to get one over on them.

I do charity work on occasion (which to some is not very Satanic), and I try my best to raise as much money as I can for the said charity.

Basically, the things I am passionate about I will strive to achieve a greatness in them at all costs. Things I care little about, I will not focus too much of my time into.

As for Satanism, I would no longer call myself one. I care about it too little to feel the need to earn that label. I have no real interest in it, or progressing in it. Mainly because I do not really know what it involves any more.

I do however take pride in knowing more than most about it's roots. As many here know, I am bit of a history buff, and this is predominantly where my interests in Satanism can be found.

I like reading peoples interests, I like learning about how other people see the world. I do like a good debate, but the debate has to be something I have a passion for.

I guess I am just to humble to be a ferocious Satanist.
Honestly, I wish I had more ambition in life. I am perfectly capable of competing, and holding my own in conversations, debates and even physically. My confidence lets me down more than anything. I do...See more
BeastXeno
Nov 1 '13
I'm a literal juggernaut in everything I choose to do. In most cases, I become methodical. I will often adhere to 'the traditional way' to do things, and pass up known shortcuts. There is something deeply rewarding in executing something and hitting every benchmark. I understand the function of shortcuts is to streamline a process, but to me it is a lazier way to work.

As always my friend, you're right on the money here. 5 Stars!
I'm a literal juggernaut in everything I choose to do. In most cases, I become methodical. I will often adhere to 'the traditional way' to do things, and pass up known shortcuts. There is something de...See more
FemaleSatan
Nov 1 '13
I obsess about things until I get them right. It's almost addictive to master something, anything, to do it better than I did before, to know that I got it right.

I see the people you talk about in this blog. The ones that never progress at all, never grow in any meaningful way, they just recycle the same thing over and over again and call it Satanism on the interwebz. I don't really look at those people, even if they picked up the real world meme from someone as Satanists. I view them as posers.

I would say that I think part of the reason this occurs is that it's easy to stay with something you have mastered. It's much more difficult to fail and fail hard repeatedly because you try new things and don't get them right for one reason or another.

I fail A LOT. I don't always achieve mastery over myself, my environment or others. Some things still elude me, no matter how hard I try to grasp them. But... I would rather try to master something and fail, than never try at all.

Nice blog. *put away pom poms* ;)
I obsess about things until I get them right. It's almost addictive to master something, anything, to do it better than I did before, to know that I got it right.

I see the people you ...See more
CanisMachina
Nov 1 '13
I say I am definitely not at the lower end of this spectrum. The bare minimum is as aggravating as it is self-defeating in my eyes. Nor am I in the upper echelon of self mastery. A work in progress seems fitting.

I feel anyone that believes they have hit the pinnacle of their potential has halted their progress at the point. Those that exhibit this will often develop superiority complexes and use their overblown sense of self to cop out of challenges rather than face them. "I am already better than this". Fucking prima donnas.


I say I am definitely not at the lower end of this spectrum. The bare minimum is as aggravating as it is self-defeating in my eyes. Nor am I in the upper echelon of self mastery. A work in progress se...See more
Dan_Dread
Nov 1 '13
I think for some, well for all of us at times, it's just overwhelming. There is always the voice at the back of your mind telling you to relax, or to just coast.

Shades of grey just don't do it for most of those of the press button receive bacon' nomian mindset that is predominant, yet it's all we have.

We struggle then we die. How hard we struggle, and for what reasons, are each of ours to reconcile I suppose.
I think for some, well for all of us at times, it's just overwhelming. There is always the voice at the back of your mind telling you to relax, or to just coast.

Shades of grey just do...See more
timishardcore
Nov 1 '13
well "satanism" aside, this hit me on a very personal level Mr. Dread. I have always tried to be the best that I can be in every arena of my life, sometimes I fail but never stop trying. I have had only a few jobs in my life and kept them for many years each, yet in each one most of the people do the bare minimum while I tried to one up myself everyday.

This same idea of self one upmanship (is that a word?) has spilled over into my real life as well. I do not see it as a "struggle" as it were but a chance to grow.
well "satanism" aside, this hit me on a very personal level Mr. Dread. I have always tried to be the best that I can be in every arena of my life, sometimes I fail but never stop trying. I h...See more
LeDeluge
Nov 1 '13
I think one can reach a point in life where "coasting" can become a more acute issue. While I have certainly achieved a lot for my age, I am not immune to putting things on "cruise control". I do find the internet an odd challenge in this regard. As I've mentioned elsewhere, its strengths seems to be its weaknesses. I encounter exchanges I never would in real life. I am suspicious of people who constantly chest-thump walking the walk, claim I am "elitist", or hug some bizarre concept of better or worse than. All that manifests organically. This is a means of communication for discussion and debate. I think you get out precisely what you put in.I think one can reach a point in life where "coasting" can become a more acute issue. While I have certainly achieved a lot for my age, I am not immune to putting things on "cruise cont...See more
Heliodramus
Nov 2 '13
Personally I'm making up for lost time as it were . I don't consider myself a true Satanist but find the Ideology fascinating to a degree. I've coasted through life learning from my mistakes and a couple of setbacks . The great part is now I'm in College and I`ve been pushing myself like I never have to achieve my set goals and future goals that I have set .Personally I'm making up for lost time as it were . I don't consider myself a true Satanist but find the Ideology fascinating to a degree. I've coasted through life learning from my mistakes and a cou...See more
Melissa
Nov 2 '13
I think in most cases its a matter of balance. I`ve not met anyone (that I can recall) who had nothing to offer the world in general, yet most folk do tend to focus on a particular area of their environment - usually one that aligns with a currently highlighted aspect of their psyche, for whatever reason this is.
I remember an article ages ago named "Magic, a refuge for failures" in some UK occult mag, that went into the point that so many involved in the occult/esotericism etc could barely maintain a position in the "regular world", let alone function on a decent level there.
Personally, I try to work to be the best I can no matter what mode of expression I find, as to rant and rail and base ones endeavours too much in any one direction often makes a person reliant on its Other for existance. Surely its better to try explore, to stretch, and to try work for as full and complete range of experience as is possible in life.
I think in most cases its a matter of balance. I`ve not met anyone (that I can recall) who had nothing to offer the world in general, yet most folk do tend to focus on a particular area of their envir...See more
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