This is my blog log of things I think about, want to write about, but haven't had the time or place to do much with it all. I'm all about getting discussions going through comments/replies, and gettin' all deep and shiznit. Sometimes I just feel like posting a question, other times I gotta just let it all out and ramble... hopefully I'm not alone with it all.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


So I got some interesting results... and I really don't know what to say. Can't say it's wrong or right, but that list/order is pretty damn true. I have to do my research to find out what Satanism really is, in essence, and until then I'll just nod and smile. Oh yeah, 0% for Hinduism?? I was raised in a freaking Hindu household my whole life!! Not even 1%???

"You scored as Satanism. Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Satanism! Before you scream, do a bit of research on it. To be a Satanist, you don't actually have to believe in Satan. Satanism generally focuses upon the spiritual advancement of the self, rather than upon submission to a deity or a set of moral codes. Do some research if you immediately think of the satanic cult stereotype. Your beliefs may also resemble those of earth-based religions such as paganism.

Satanism 71%

Atheism 58%

Buddhism 50%

Islam 50%

Paganism 50%

Agnosticism 50%

Judaism 29%

Christianity 29%

Hinduism 0%


Blogger P2thaSmitty said...

I posted this on a Taoism message board in response to some guy telling me not to worry about Satanism being #1 on my list, and I thought it might be worth throwing over here too... and true to form, it got into a rambling... as usual. Starts right below, and please feel free to butt in and make any comments you see fit; that's what this blog is about:

I'm not afraid of the term "satanism" or anything; most people fear what they don't understand, but the things I don't understand intrigue me, and I'll be the last to pass judgment on them. But here's me in a bottle: I don't believe in a god, many gods, or any higher power of any sort. However I believe that there is a rhyme and an order to all this madness we live in and subject ourselves to. I believe Taoism is one way to walk through the madness with the least disruption or disturbances in my life. I respect all religions for what they can do for people in their society, but I don't always respect all the people that "follow" those religions. To me, religion and philosophy (I consider Taoism to be a philosophy, not a religion, at least from the way I perceive it) are guides to happiness in this world. They offer you peace of mind and a way to avoid more of the unnecessary "bad stuff" that we can encounter in life. They are a means to keep society safe and functioning, and avoid chaos and mayhem. We, however, have convinced ourselves that there is more to it than that, and that there are actual benefits beyond this life that we must seek and pursue. Well, if we didn't believe that we probably wouldn't follow the religions, so that's okay; people can believe what they want, so long as they live with morals and we are collectively able to maintain a safe and functioning society.

God did not make us, we made god. The "benefits" of having a god were seen in that people feared the god, and therefore controlled themselves and restrained their instincts and 'Id', shall we say. The result was order from the "chaos". Because of this god "survived". Of course at first it probably wasn't only "god", but "spirits" and "powers" that people thought existed but could not be defined. Over time the ideas of gods were developed to put a name to that nameless power. Since those days (thousands upon thousands of years... maybe even millions), religions have sprung up with the same notion: there is a god, or gods, or a power, or something beyond us, that we must basically bow down to, and submit ourselves to, either in act or thought. This submission gives power to the religion and makes us control ourselves and keep ourselves in check, for fear of what happens when we don't. That's fine... it keeps morals in place and keeps society moving along.

What stands out, though, are the philosophies and ideologies that do not have a god, or do not require an otherworldly power, but still give reason to control yourself and maintain a balance in society. To me, Taoism is one of those vehicles. The history of Taoism is not mystical in origin, its political and social. Taoism was a means to control and run a society in a safe and balanced manner. It was transformed from that into a more mystical ideology of existence, which still has its merits because of the validity that it retained, but that was not its ORIGINAL intent as an ideology and philosophy. Confucianism is the same way, however with more socio-political bent, and less mysticism infused into it. To me, I take Taoism as a medium through which I can see the world decipher the mechanics of interactions, and decide the correct path to take in accordance to what I see. Using it in my life comes the same way a ruler would use it in office. Lao-tzu wrote for socio-political intent first, and was followed by Chuang-tzu who infused a more personal and mystical element. As such it developed into more of a "religious" ideology, while its base was socio-political. Anyway, personally, I see more value in perceiving Taoism in its original socio-political form, for that is where the value to society exists in greater quantity, and as said before, I see all religions as means to keep people in check and maintain peace and stability and order in society. The personal element of Taoism is still very valuable, though, and it's a part of who I am, so I'm not exactly throwing it out the window or anything. Anyway... ehh, nevermind, I've said too much as is.

6/22/2005 2:26 AM


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