Musing on the concept of self:
“We speak of our lives as though we are in control, as though we always have the final decision and we are always oh so ready to take credit for things, when in reality we are shaped and moved by forces we scarcely understand let alone control. When you get down to it even our concept of “self” is at best a label we use to classify a whole collection of processes and influences and at worst a complete illusion.
We each walk around in a cloud of hormones that those around us subconsciously pick up on, and even this shapes our reactions and opinions. What role does genetics play in our decisions?
How has your culture shaped your views?
We always want to say “I” did this and “I” did that but when you really start to dig into it you find that a lot of what you call “I” is either not determined by “you” at all or is simply imaginary. So much for free will.
And without free will our entire justice system collapses, all of our concepts of self determination, self esteem, self worth, but also self hate, selfishness, and all the labels we attach to “self”: nationality, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, all the things we cling to and all the things we use to separate us from each other collapses like a house of cards.
What then? We find ourselves put to a test by this crisis. We find ourselves facing a black Abyss, some are devoured by this, others become it and thus achieve liberation.” - Christopher Williams
Cult of Satanic Gnosis
What we are doing in Watain, what rock and roll is doing in general, is that it’s creating holes in creation to let the forces of the void seep through and grab hold of people. That is why it is a rebellious form of music. That is why it is music that has been – very rightfully, I suppose – banned over and over again.
That is why people have been referring to rock and roll as the Devil’s music. It has that diabolical nerve. It has a nerve of otherness. It has a nerve that calls for questioning and rebellion. It calls for adversity. It awakens adversity in people.
That is why I believe it is such a beautiful thing. That is also why I, as a religious person, as a Satanist, can feel content with what I do. I believe that everything that I do in my life should have significance and relevance in the eyes of the greater forces.
That is why we do this. That is why we are playing in front of all these seeking children today. They’re on the hunt for something. They smell something. Once you smell that temptation, especially for a Godless person like all these people here are, of course you will come. These monsters feel so sweet.
They are sweet and they create a rush. They create something new and strange within them that they are very hungry for. That, my friend – that’s the Devil.—