The Narrative of Baphomet

“The nature of reality is: Shit Happens. Many events are largely beyond one’s control. There is no intentionality guiding anything. We are adrift in a chaotic universe, like a raft with no rudder or paddles, flowing through different currents, winds blowing us in different directions. One can exert a certain amount of influence, and accomplish things, but life is not fair, and a great many things are beyond one’s control.” —Narratives 4(Baphomet): 18-22

The Narrative of Baphomet is the fourth chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Baphomet: representing the use of logic, reason, and empirical evidence to shape our morality.

Rationality means evaluating the world you live in with reason and logic, but rationality is not cold. There are many who make the mistake of thinking that being “rational” means ignoring emotions, or being unfriendly or uncaring. But for a true rational observer, emotions are a very real and very important type of data. Values, feelings, and the connections you have to the ones you love are also very real data, and must therefore rationally be given their due weight in any decision that you make.

The person who fails to take into account xir own feelings, or the feelings of others, is behaving irrationally. The person who tries to pretend that joy and caring aren’t part of the real outcomes of behavior is ignoring evidence… and going down that path means you are divorced from reality, just as much as you would be if you ignored the evidence of economics, biology, or physics.

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"The name of the fourth is Penemue: He discovered to the children of men every secret of their wisdom. He taught men to understand writing. Therefore numerous have been those who have gone astray from every period of the world, even to this day."

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