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#39649 - 06/29/10 12:55 AM self-indulgence? Not always good.
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I personally do not believe in total self-indulgence. However, I do not believe "god" or "religion" should dictate what I believe in.

Sometimes pain is preferable to pleasure. It hurts to for instance stay in good physical condition, but it is still better.

How do you feel about that?

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#39650 - 06/29/10 01:23 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Meatl Gear]
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Even if you choose pain over pleasure, you are not really abstaining from life. You are still indulging in life. However, I do not believe abstaining is bad if it is not done under the coercion of religious ideology. If you for personal reasons want to live a less involved life, then more power to you. Just don't say God told you to.

Edited by Meatl Gear (06/29/10 01:24 AM)

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#39651 - 06/29/10 01:39 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Meatl Gear]
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If someone is completely self-indulgent, they'll never accomplish any of their goals. They'll be too busy trying to feel good all the time.

Regarding working out - yeah, I agree. It hurts to stay in shape. But anyone who works to keep in shape knows all of the benefits from it. Your heart gets strong, your lung capacity increases - if you don't smoke. You release poison toxins from your body. Your muscles become taut, your bones become stronger, you develop a positive mental attitude. There's a whole list of things that are positive to working out.

But!

If you spend all of your energy working out, you become a slave to your body.

So, self-indulgence is vital but it has to be tempered.
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#39662 - 06/29/10 04:23 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Knievel74]
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Self-indulgence must be balanced with higher interests that protect your self-indulgence. Life is about pleasure, but sometimes you have to do slightly unpleasurable things to preserve the pleasure you wish to have.

It might be pleasurable for a time to quit your job so you can sit on your couch and eat junk food all day, but you would eventually run out of money for junk food, develop heart problems, and possibly get evicted from your house after not making payments.

If junk food brings you pleasure, then go for it, but you'll also need to get a job and exercise regularly, or else the junk food will soon be depriving you of more pleasure than it is giving you.

Self-indulgence is a necessary part of life, but like Knievel74 said, it needs to be tempered.

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#39665 - 06/29/10 08:08 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Little Horn]
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Thats the thing, if indulgence goes to a certain point what used to be great becomes not so great. It is like gluttony. There is nothing wrong to indulge in food that you may not actually need for your survival but if you at to much it will effect you in a negative way.

That is why discipline is of utmost importance an the realization that pain is necessary if you ever want to know pleasure (and reverse). It is al part of the same polar duality and you cant have one without the other and going to either extreme will cause you more harm than good.

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#39666 - 06/29/10 08:21 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Meatl Gear]
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Satanism is an Epicurian philosophy; this follows as a result of the principle of Indulgence, not compulsion.

One must also remember Satanism's other side based in pragmatism, cool realism and personal responsibility.

Indulge with finesse and Epicurian joy, do not wallow - this is the Satanic way.

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#39672 - 06/29/10 11:32 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: MatthewJ1
Satanism is an Epicurian philosophy; this follows as a result of the principle of Indulgence, not compulsion.

One must also remember Satanism's other side based in pragmatism, cool realism and personal responsibility.

Indulge with finesse and Epicurian joy, do not wallow - this is the Satanic way.


You should remember that Epicurean philosophy doesnt involve seeking any pleasure at any time though. They realized that if you eat to much you may not feel good after a while and if you have to much sex you may not find satisfation with your partner after a while etc. "Enjoy - but with reason".

It is an interesting branch in philosophy even though I do not agree with the thought of atomic materialism that is put forth. To much speaks against it nowadays. Still I rdcoment people to look into it. Its very interesting.

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#39693 - 06/29/10 06:51 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: TheInsane]
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(I have made a slight spelling mistake in my above post: It should read Epicurean and not Epicurian. My apologies)

It is Indulgence instead of abstinence, and it is Indulgence and not compulsion, and further, it is tempered and balanced by Satanismís pragmatic, coolly realistic and personally responsible side.

This was the point I was attempting to make in my above post. I feel that a Satanist is a self - aware gourmet.

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#39965 - 07/04/10 09:35 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: ]
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Yeah I agree.

Most people have balance, but in all honesty temporary (useless/time wasting) pleasure is the worst pain of all.

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#39968 - 07/04/10 10:08 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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Sure... miles to go. etc.

But if you happen to be ancient, wealthy and quite accomplished, then spending your days indulging every frivolous notion might be bliss - for some.

Good food, cigars, liquor and women...kinda sounds like heaven to me.

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#40058 - 07/08/10 11:18 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Clarence]
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 Originally Posted By: Clarence
Sure... miles to go. etc.

But if you happen to be ancient, wealthy and quite accomplished, then spending your days indulging every frivolous notion might be bliss - for some.

Good food, cigars, liquor and women...kinda sounds like heaven to me.


Is not improving yourself the ultimate goal in life rather than wasting the final days of your life with simple happiness. Sure those simple earthly pleasures are grand but I rather enrich my mind with ambitions that will improve me because life is not completely over yet. If I was a successful 85 year old, then I will be writing the book of my life to be published to the masses or doing other activities that will ripple to the sea of humanity.

People have different versions of heaven, but being forgotten is my hell. And worst yet, wasting my time and achieving nothing in the end. It's like playing a video game, sure the game is accomplish, but what did I really accomplish?

Happiness, sadness, and all the emotions humans can have are just that, emotions. They really mean nothing, since third world people would be in heaven to be me but a "highly successful person like Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton" would cry to be me, since all that matters is logic and reality. They have wealth, beauty, and power and I lack all those things, so until I have what they have then I cannot waste time.

If I want to die happy, I have to be perfected to the highest level a human can become. At least, to the highest level I can become. And if I am 85 years old, healthy, and had not achieve that then I will not waste my time with some hot beefcake in my hot tub smoking on a cigarette.

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#40061 - 07/08/10 11:56 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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Is not improving yourself the ultimate goal in life rather than wasting the final days of your life with simple happiness. Sure those simple earthly pleasures are grand but I rather enrich my mind with ambitions that will improve me because life is not completely over yet. If I was a successful 85 year old, then I will be writing the book of my life to be published to the masses or doing other activities that will ripple to the sea of humanity.

Improvement is a continious proces during a human life (taking it towards evolutionary biology: it simply is a continious proces striving towards perfection of a specie in a set condition. The conditions being climate and envirronement).
But where do you draw the line between fullfilling ambitions and gratifications of earthly pleasures? As far as I can see they both suit the same goal: emotional gratification.

You might want to have the idea (while still alive) you don't want to be forgotten in the mists of time. Let me simply point out you will be forgotten and that in a probable 100 (or even 50 years) after your death you shall not be remembered. Just as I will be no matter what I achieved. Just another bump in the line of time..
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#40064 - 07/08/10 12:37 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dimitri]
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 Originally Posted By: Dimitri
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Is not improving yourself the ultimate goal in life rather than wasting the final days of your life with simple happiness. Sure those simple earthly pleasures are grand but I rather enrich my mind with ambitions that will improve me because life is not completely over yet. If I was a successful 85 year old, then I will be writing the book of my life to be published to the masses or doing other activities that will ripple to the sea of humanity.

Improvement is a continious proces during a human life (taking it towards evolutionary biology: it simply is a continious proces striving towards perfection of a specie in a set condition. The conditions being climate and envirronement).
But where do you draw the line between fullfilling ambitions and gratifications of earthly pleasures? As far as I can see they both suit the same goal: emotional gratification.

You might want to have the idea (while still alive) you don't want to be forgotten in the mists of time. Let me simply point out you will be forgotten and that in a probable 100 (or even 50 years) after your death you shall not be remembered. Just as I will be no matter what I achieved. Just another bump in the line of time..


Sure, as of now if I do not accomplish this goal of being remembered, then I will be forgotten. If I accomplish my mission in life, then I hope to be remembered as long as the human civilization remains.

Few people who lived, are indeed remembered, such as Plato, Jesus, George Washington, Buddha, and all recorded creations of those who past. Once something is created with a name on it, then whoever finds it will be known infinitely as long as another intelligent life finds it.

Eventually this human society will ceased, and all the intelligent societies in the universe. But then, again, if I could be remembered another 5,000 years I think I achieved what I want. And if not, who cares, because I am dead then.

Then if we really want to draw the line, then nothing matters at all does it. No matter how much we try to shape this world, this world was doom from day one. Satanism does not matter, money, history, art, music, humans, planets, galaxies, life, air, everything material and everything in the mind.

It does not matter, because it's already dead, done, gone.

We are damned.


Edited by Dakota (07/08/10 12:39 PM)

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#40084 - 07/09/10 01:47 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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It all matters because that which is here and now that we can touch and feel is important, it matters, because that is all there is.

If you think none of it matters, then what are you striving for?

If you want to be remembered, then touch someone. Touch their mind, heart, emotions, intelligence, and touch your own. You are remembered through the actions you take, the people you reach, and the children you have.

You want to be remembered, then help someone with something. In doing that, in a way you are helping yourself to be remembered.

Porn stars are replaceable, strippers are replaceable, singers are mostly replaceable.

Teachers, Artists, Scientists, Doctors, Writers, Warriors, and Musicians are remembered and not replaceable. They all leave a tangible mark on other people and on history.

M
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#40086 - 07/09/10 03:46 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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Is not improving yourself the ultimate goal in life rather than wasting the final days of your life with simple happiness... If I was a successful 85 year old, then I will be writing the book of my life to be published to the masses or doing other activities that will ripple to the sea of humanity.


If that gives you satisfaction, great. So long as it's not rooted in a sense of inferiority. A persons priorities often change over time. It might be nice to stop and smell the flowers as an octogenerian.

The best we can aim for is a degree of self-satisfaction. Who gives a damn what anyone else thinks, really? ASL had a good line on the "Parade of Life" - the reviewing stand being full of corpses.

This world dies with us. Unless you're a metaphysician. ;\)

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#40132 - 07/11/10 05:48 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Morgan]
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 Originally Posted By: Morgan
It all matters because that which is here and now that we can touch and feel is important, it matters, because that is all there is.

If you think none of it matters, then what are you striving for?

If you want to be remembered, then touch someone. Touch their mind, heart, emotions, intelligence, and touch your own. You are remembered through the actions you take, the people you reach, and the children you have.

You want to be remembered, then help someone with something. In doing that, in a way you are helping yourself to be remembered.

Porn stars are replaceable, strippers are replaceable, singers are mostly replaceable.

Teachers, Artists, Scientists, Doctors, Writers, Warriors, and Musicians are remembered and not replaceable. They all leave a tangible mark on other people and on history.

M


I have to completely agree with Morgan on this one. We can strive to do things that make tangible items and knowledge available to us, but in the end, if we haven't made a difference to any one else, then we won't be remembered. It's good to strive and indulge in the finer things our own lives can offer. Hell, it wouldn't be life and we wouldn't be really living if we didn't find a way to do just that. Do we NEED to over indulge to enjoy? Not at all. But at the end of the day, if we haven't done something to make anyone remember us, even indulging in our money, food, limelight, etc., won't make one damn bit of difference.
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#40134 - 07/11/10 07:08 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Nyte]
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 Originally Posted By: Clarence
This world dies with us.

With this I have to agreeÖ To all purposes after I am gone nothing after has any meaning to me.

 Originally Posted By: Nyte
I have to completely agree with Morgan on this one. We can strive to do things that make tangible items and knowledge available to us, but in the end, if we haven't made a difference to any one else, then we won't be remembered.

Ah yes the Satanists view of an afterlife, being rememberedÖ

 Originally Posted By: Nyte
It's good to strive and indulge in the finer things our own lives can offer. Hell, it wouldn't be life and we wouldn't be really living if we didn't find a way to do just that. Do we NEED to over indulge to enjoy? Not at all. But at the end of the day, if we haven't done something to make anyone remember us, even indulging in our money, food, limelight, etc., won't make one damn bit of difference.

To whom will being remembered make any difference? If you are dead the one person it matters to is gone.

This is why you are wrong in thinking indulging in oneself doesnít matter. It is one of the only things that truly does matter, for if you do not enjoy yourself now it will be too late after your gone. Fuck being remembered, thatís right up there with the mediocre want of everyone to become famous. Probably why I tattoo so many fucking stars the last 4-5 years.

It doesnít matter if you only enjoy yourself. Being remembered seems like more hype than itís worth.

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#40136 - 07/11/10 09:29 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Nyte]
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I have to completely agree with Morgan on this one. We can strive to do things that make tangible items and knowledge available to us, but in the end, if we haven't made a difference to any one else, then we won't be remembered. It's good to strive and indulge in the finer things our own lives can offer. Hell, it wouldn't be life and we wouldn't be really living if we didn't find a way to do just that. Do we NEED to over indulge to enjoy? Not at all. But at the end of the day, if we haven't done something to make anyone remember us, even indulging in our money, food, limelight, etc., won't make one damn bit of difference.


I suppose I'm all for being remembered, as a legacy worth leaving is probably as close to immortality as anyone will ever attain. However, to take a page out of the book of Howard Roark, self satisfaction in your work, in whatever you do with your life, is paramount. You can touch other people, impact them, but if your work, your legacy is not so much for your own satisfaction as it is for others', then it was hardly worth doing, was it? And the sad fact is, that in such a case people will sooner forget than remember. Do it for your own satisfaction, and others (though not everyone) will follow suit.
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#40146 - 07/12/10 08:47 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Meatl Gear]
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 Originally Posted By: Meatl Gear
I personally do not believe in total self-indulgence. However, I do not believe "god" or "religion" should dictate what I believe in.

Sometimes pain is preferable to pleasure. It hurts to for instance stay in good physical condition, but it is still better.

How do you feel about that?

Why does self indulgence have to be defined in such a short term fashion?

If I go through the training and discipline myself to learn a martial art with the goal of becoming more dangerous, and this goal is not a necessity, it then comes as an indulgence.

As it is with rational self interest, indulging ones Will is an ongoing process, not a momentary event.

Only a fool ignores the long term.
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#40149 - 07/13/10 12:32 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Morgan]
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 Originally Posted By: Morgan
It all matters because that which is here and now that we can touch and feel is important, it matters, because that is all there is.

If you think none of it matters, then what are you striving for?

If you want to be remembered, then touch someone. Touch their mind, heart, emotions, intelligence, and touch your own. You are remembered through the actions you take, the people you reach, and the children you have.

You want to be remembered, then help someone with something. In doing that, in a way you are helping yourself to be remembered.

Porn stars are replaceable, strippers are replaceable, singers are mostly replaceable.

Teachers, Artists, Scientists, Doctors, Writers, Warriors, and Musicians are remembered and not replaceable. They all leave a tangible mark on other people and on history.

M


None of this matters, it really doesn't.

No matter how many hearts I could teach, or whatever, does it matter?

It only matters, because we live today. And if I give up on hope of being remembered then it doesn't matter, since it doesn't.

Would it make a difference if I died today, or became the biggest thing since Buddha.

Does self indulgence matters? Does being happy matter, no it doesn't.

It doesn't matter, since it all comes to an end, like the beginning.

We are just a bunch of hamsters twirling in a wheel, but we all fall down and die. Then it's all blackness, and nothingness.

It's all in our minds, and once we are ceased we might as well not live in the beginning since we are dead already.

If we are dead already, then we were never born.

We aren't here really then.

Since we are gone already.

I still want to pretend it matters for now though, so I'll try to be remembered. That's just me. It's all make believe isn't it, kind of worthless in the end isn't it.


Edited by Dakota (07/13/10 12:34 AM)

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#40150 - 07/13/10 12:37 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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To that,

we need to discover the cure to aging as soon as possible, or prolong life as much as possible, since it's the only thing that can sustain us. Since when it's all over, it's game over.

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#40154 - 07/13/10 02:40 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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Does self indulgence matters? Does being happy matter, no it doesn't.

It does matter. What would your life be without trying to be happy? What would life be if you couldn't indulge in subjects you like/love? If you are only focused on gaining respect, money, wealth and succes then you are nothing but a machine.
Maybe your name will be mentioned a few times, but as I see it, that person would be nothing more then a brainless individual sacrificing him/herself for leisure of the masses.
Cheap and small-scale leisure that is.

Your vision is one I greatly dislike and one that most people tend to have. Everybody wants succes, they want it quick, they want it plenty and they do whatever it takes to have it. In the end it doesn't even matter [as sung by Linkin park].
It may be in the general persona of these people, I find it unproductive and stupid.
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#40162 - 07/13/10 03:30 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dimitri]
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I think that pain or abstinence should be used as a means to an end, not as an end in themselves. RHP religions essentially teach that denying or torturing yourself is a virtue in and of itself. I believe it's only a virtue if it's done for some purpose, usually self-improvement or some other greater payoff in the future.

Do note, though, that it's in pursuit of some more refined indulgence (self-esteem, fitness, health) that one is willing to endure some other form of abstinence. So ultimately, we all have some thing we're looking to indulge in. Some of us just have more of a refined sense of what we want in the long term.
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#40172 - 07/13/10 05:29 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: ta2zz]
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 Originally Posted By: Nyte
It's good to strive and indulge in the finer things our own lives can offer. Hell, it wouldn't be life and we wouldn't be really living if we didn't find a way to do just that. Do we NEED to over indulge to enjoy? Not at all. But at the end of the day, if we haven't done something to make anyone remember us, even indulging in our money, food, limelight, etc., won't make one damn bit of difference.

To whom will being remembered make any difference? If you are dead the one person it matters to is gone.

This is why you are wrong in thinking indulging in oneself doesnít matter. It is one of the only things that truly does matter, for if you do not enjoy yourself now it will be too late after your gone. Fuck being remembered, thatís right up there with the mediocre want of everyone to become famous. Probably why I tattoo so many fucking stars the last 4-5 years.

It doesnít matter if you only enjoy yourself. Being remembered seems like more hype than itís worth.

~T~


Ya know, I've thought long and hard about this recently. After losing a friend to a 6 year struggle with cancer just this past week, I realized that part of the reason people do/will remember him was because he indulged in life, really living. He touched so many other people just by enjoying those around him and taking a few minutes to really "just be in the moment", so to speak.

You're right, when we are gone, we're gone and it won't matter to us. I can still hope that my children (and extended children) will remember the laughs, smiles, good times, bad times and long talks we've had. I hope that my best friend will remember all that we've gone through and the difference it's made for both of us. My other half BETTER remember all that we've gone through, good and bad! I think I'll be a bit more aware of being "in the moment" than I've been in a long, LONG time because of my strong friend that just passed away. I don't have to be famous to be remembered and if that's my "afterlife", I'm completely good with that. In the mean time, I may or may not indulge. Just depends on MY mood of the day and if I find something to really indulge in. ; )
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#40174 - 07/13/10 05:52 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Draculesti]
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 Originally Posted By: Draculesti
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I have to completely agree with Morgan on this one. We can strive to do things that make tangible items and knowledge available to us, but in the end, if we haven't made a difference to any one else, then we won't be remembered. It's good to strive and indulge in the finer things our own lives can offer. Hell, it wouldn't be life and we wouldn't be really living if we didn't find a way to do just that. Do we NEED to over indulge to enjoy? Not at all. But at the end of the day, if we haven't done something to make anyone remember us, even indulging in our money, food, limelight, etc., won't make one damn bit of difference.


I suppose I'm all for being remembered, as a legacy worth leaving is probably as close to immortality as anyone will ever attain. However, to take a page out of the book of Howard Roark, self satisfaction in your work, in whatever you do with your life, is paramount. You can touch other people, impact them, but if your work, your legacy is not so much for your own satisfaction as it is for others', then it was hardly worth doing, was it? And the sad fact is, that in such a case people will sooner forget than remember. Do it for your own satisfaction, and others (though not everyone) will follow suit.


Roark slammed that nail right on the head! I recently changed jobs and moved for that very reason. When we do something because we like to, or it makes us happy, we generally create a workable enviroment around us (to include people). Do we have to indulge to accomplish those things? I guess, in many ways, we do.

Damnit, I'm starting to feel like Yes Man.
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#40234 - 07/14/10 11:55 AM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dimitri]
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 Originally Posted By: Dimitri
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Does self indulgence matters? Does being happy matter, no it doesn't.

It does matter. What would your life be without trying to be happy? What would life be if you couldn't indulge in subjects you like/love? If you are only focused on gaining respect, money, wealth and succes then you are nothing but a machine.
Maybe your name will be mentioned a few times, but as I see it, that person would be nothing more then a brainless individual sacrificing him/herself for leisure of the masses.
Cheap and small-scale leisure that is.

Your vision is one I greatly dislike and one that most people tend to have. Everybody wants succes, they want it quick, they want it plenty and they do whatever it takes to have it. In the end it doesn't even matter [as sung by Linkin park].
It may be in the general persona of these people, I find it unproductive and stupid.



I didn't exactly said my vision in a complete description besides vague notations of the ideas of success and wealth. It's just not a vision most people will think about, it's not about me in the big terms of things, it's the world. It's society, the American dream, the era we are living in. It's the whole picture, and I want that picture to be me.

Wealth and success just comes along with it.

And I'll never be happy until this happens, because my happiness does not depend on anyone. And money comes from someone, so I am not happy because of money. Nor success, since that comes from the population. It's the creation of seeing this "vision" comes true, which isn't because of people but because it came from me into a reality. If all I wanted was success I would ventured out as a owner of a company, and if all I wanted was money then I would just settle for a doctor.

No, money and success are just objects, and are not the true source of happiness for me. Since they really mean nothing, and yet everything because they are the measurement ruler for this vision.

When the endless 0's are in my bank account, then I would think "Am I there yet?" If the world dynamics are changed then perhaps I am, but if people just like what I produce and nothing really change then I would have to work a little harder and a little quicker before I lose my people's focus on me.

It's just stupid, because you don't understand it to the extent that without this hope then life really is nothing.

Happiness could be a whip against someone's butt, or a kiss at the church. So if my happiness depends on the world, then that's what my happiness is. If yours is just a girl in your bed then that's yours, so what are we talking about?

Am I robot, if it takes one to get this vision true, then I am. Am I stupid, if this doesn't happen then I was.

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#40236 - 07/14/10 12:18 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dakota]
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It's just not a vision most people will think about, it's not about me in the big terms of things, it's the world. It's society, the American dream, the era we are living in. It's the whole picture, and I want that picture to be me.

As far as I am concerned, the mere idea of "the American dream" is but a over-used (media)concept which already degraded much of the rich cultures the world once had. A concept Hollywood is to eager to promote to such an extend people actually start believing in that kind of fantasy.
The American way my ass..


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And I'll never be happy until this happens, because my happiness does not depend on anyone. And money comes from someone, so I am not happy because of money. Nor success, since that comes from the population. It's the creation of seeing this "vision" comes true, which isn't because of people but because it came from me into a reality.

While it may ring true to most and to you, I say this is a very narrowed down vision. You happiness depends on anyone since if there weren't anyone you couldn't be happy or achieve a state of happiness. Where shall your vision stand if such were the case?

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It's just stupid, because you don't understand it to the extent that without this hope then life really is nothing.

I understand what you are aiming at, my main focus here is to let you think a little better. From what I gather from your writings you are nothing but a power-hungry vampire who just acts without thinking.
You would love to hone people while not having the skills or position to do so. Your ideas closely resemble closely to the different subcultures who wants to be non-conformists have. While they might sound good and very wise to one, I find them laughable.



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#40239 - 07/14/10 12:45 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Dimitri]
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If there were nobody, then my vision is all in me. It would be nothing except an idea in my head, and that to me is good enough to be in a state of contentment. If I lost this vision then I would go to college, go back to the Catholic Church, find a good job, marry a proper person, raise a decent little family in a decent little home, make my parents satisfied with my life, and then die depressed. That would be the most miserable existence of my life, since I achieved nothing besides raising kids.

It's like I am today, since really no one shares this vision besides me. I am a very content person in the end, since I can walk, read, speak, and make someone smile. Yet, I am a very repressed person since everything about me is locked up in me.

That's fine for now, since I have to finish this chapter of my life before I can move on.

What skills do I need to get what I want that I do not have already? Why am I not in the position to do what I want? The only thing that I do not have to be in this location is that I do not have a medium to come across yet. But I am not a subculture all in my own, I wish I was though lol, but that's something different. I know what I want, and I'll die for it. I can't change my thinking about it, since it would be changing who I am. When you lived my life, then you would understand why I have to have this. I am fighting everything that I was raised to believe is right and wrong. You just see me as an internet "troll" maybe, and this has to happen.

I have to find it first, and that makes all the difference.

The American Dream, it's basically saying you can do anything that you want, and be happy. But the rule is that, it might never happen so that's why it's a dream. You can pursuit it, but it's not guaranteed. If I become the American Dream, then I would be giving hope to many people, basically all the losers in life.


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#40624 - 07/21/10 06:28 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Clarence]
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I view satan as a symbol of great strength. Therefore my Satanism is compatible with selective abstinence as you are displaying willpower against weakness.
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#41277 - 08/02/10 03:12 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: Meatl Gear]
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 Originally Posted By: Meatl Gear
I personally do not believe in total self-indulgence. However, I do not believe "god" or "religion" should dictate what I believe in.


Why not just common sense and logic, including science and philosophical reasoning? Self-indulgence seems to me like a lack of goal rather than a goal: if you don't have something you're working toward, you can at least make yourself "feel better" through self-indulgence.

Working out, staying healthy, learning things and interacting with the world seem to me the opposite principle -- bonding with the world and accepting reality.
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#48141 - 02/05/11 06:15 PM Indulgence and Restraint: Polarities of Maturity [Re: SODOMIZER]
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 Originally Posted By: Meatl Gear
I personally do not believe in total self-indulgence. However, I do not believe "god" or "religion" should dictate what I believe in. Sometimes pain is preferable to pleasure. It hurts to for instance stay in good physical condition, but it is still better. How do you feel about that?

Discipline embraces short-term pain for long-term pleasure. Ignoring one's condition and circumstances (age, social position, relationships, etc.) is the mark of immaturity. Accounting for them as regards one's indulgences is the mark of wisdom and insight.

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Why not just common sense and logic, including science and philosophical reasoning? Self-indulgence seems to me like a lack of goal rather than a goal: if you don't have something you're working toward, you can at least make yourself "feel better" through self-indulgence. Working out, staying healthy, learning things and interacting with the world seem to me the opposite principle -- bonding with the world and accepting reality.

The problem with this stark dualism (like any simplification of principles such as these) is that no disciplined selection of indulgence or restraint is being described as potentially leading to anything valuable. This is the reason that some kind of valence of 'Epicureanism' is helpful, though even this, or 'Hedonism', tends to be warped out of recognition or twisted toward extremes (rather than legitimated based on pragmatic means to ends).

'Moderation in all things, including moderation'? Isn't this the purpose behind the 'Seven Deadly Sins' that Satanists are so all-fired hot to embrace and Christians to condemn? I never really found the moral criticism or the fetishistic adoption of these Christian foci valuable, but would love to hear from Satanists who see the wisdom of moderation why LaVey's endorsement of them makes any sense. Thanks.
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#48163 - 02/05/11 10:59 PM Re: self-indulgence? Not always good. [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: MatthewJ1
Satanism is an Epicurian philosophy; this follows as a result of the principle of Indulgence, not compulsion.

One must also remember Satanism's other side based in pragmatism, cool realism and personal responsibility.

Indulge with finesse and Epicurian joy, do not wallow - this is the Satanic way.


I like that answer. To be completely self-indulgent is immature and counterproductive. There is work to be done to achieve aims. To be gluttonous is actually depriving oneself of delight and appreciation.
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#48252 - 02/06/11 10:30 PM 8 Temptations to 7 Sins [Re: nocTifer]
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 Originally Posted By: nocTifer
...I never really found the moral criticism or the fetishistic adoption of these Christian foci valuable, but would love to hear from Satanists who see the wisdom of moderation why LaVey's endorsement of them makes any sense. Thanks.

I randomly came across this thread started by 6Satan6Archist6 which addresses my query here. Interesting subject! As 'The 8 Tempting Thoughts' perhaps it makes a bit more sense to entertain them and find one's position with respect to them. I gather that the Pope Gregory ('the Great'; 590 CE) removed Sadness and Vain-glory and added Envy in the transformation, but do not know if the descriptions were at all altered when he shifted them from 'temptations' to 'sins'.
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