How can I tell the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical senseations and my state of mind?
Every might and every morn'
Some to misery are born.
Every morn' and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
--William Blake "Auguries of Innocence"
The graveyards are filled with men who thought they could not be replaced.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.
In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad idea.
I don't know that I ever wanted greatness, on its own. It seems rather like wanting to be an engineer, rather than wanting to design something – or wanting to be a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip.
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
If you are going to break a rule, capitalize on it. Do it big. Exploit it. Turn it into a virtue.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
That's life: trust and you're betrayed; don't trust and you betray yourself.
- Roger Zelazny
Christianity is but one expression of herd mentality, and to battle against it is like battleing againsdt the nature of society. For as long as organized human societies exist, there will always be a division between the unconcious masses and the conscious individuals. The Christian religion may wither and die, but only to be replaced by another philosophy glorifying the qualities of the herd. It lies not in the nature of the herd to live according to elitist ideals--their nature is to be cogwheels in the machinery of society, and the fact they follow a philosophy which glorifies this quality is asthetically nauseationg to the heretic, but still necessary for society to function.
The Satanist is an observer of society--to him, the world is like a stage, in relation to which he chooses sometimes to be a spectator, other times a participant, according to his will. He can watch from the outside and laugh, cry, sigh, or applaud depending on the effect the scenery has upon his emotions; or he can throw himseof into the game for the thrill; but his nature is always that of the watcher, the artist. He is not overly concerned with changing society, for his commitment to humanity is minimal.
So no, I do not bother to battle against Christianity. In what way does it effect me? It fills me with disgust. But I feel no urge to take the role of a Messiah, teaching the blind how they should live.
--Erik of the band Ulver as quoted in the book Lords of Chaos