The Individualism Axiom
The concept of Individuality is so significant in the study of morality it deserves special consideration. Individualism, which is perhaps best understood in examining the contrasting dichotomy of Individualism vs. Collectivism, is really axiomatic for the whole code of LHP Morality. It could easily be considered number one of the four precepts, because all the others are dependent on it. What could Self-Deification mean without individualism? How can you experience initiation without your own individual effort? If the collective can initiate you then we should all go back to Church-on-Sunday existence. Can Magic and Will ‘happen’ without an individual behind it?
Another reason why these questions are worth considering is that in recent years we’ve seen a lot of what can only be considered challenges to these four precepts, from within (apparent) LHP groups! We’ve heard that collectivism is good, or that we can Xeper as a collective. We’ve been advised we are collectivists to anyhow, since just talking to someone else means you are part of a collective. We’ve been told by self-proclaimed representatives of world-wide Satanic movements that compassion is a the highest virtue, equality is a supreme social ideal, or that the collective state is a righteous authority.
The problem here clearly is that again, many simply haven’t studied these questions deeply enough, and are simply mistaking ‘cooperation’ or ‘communication’ for collectivism. We all work with people every day, exchange ideas, exchange value and so forth. That’s not necessarily collectivism. Collectivism always involves some sort of coercion, some sort of sublimation of individual will, ‘you’re either with us or against us!’ That’s not the same thing as cooperation and exchange, which is essential for our learning, growing, loving, and initiating. Cooperation, communication and exchange are all voluntary. Collectivism is involuntary.
Sometimes people confuse “collectivism” with the Aristotelian sense of “class,” that simply because I am in the same class of humans, or class of males, or class of people with green eyes and so forth, means I’m naturally a collectivist. Again this is a wrong understanding of the term because these are mere circumstances, and not the result of coercion.
The misunderstanding about equality comes again from confusing Morality with Metaphysics. To say that we should treat other as equals, that none have special authority due to birth, that no one is a slave, is a morally sound and in line with LHP Morality. But to insist that there is metaphysical equality is totally irrational. There are undeniable differences between individuals, both physically and intellectually. As Thomas Sowell once pointed out, “The same man is not even equal to himself on different days.” To insist that all are equal is also to deny the possibility of change, evolution, and Xeper. Yet this is precisely the sort of mentality that RHP collectivist groups like Church and State try to foist on the masses. The area of income is an especially contested area, the idea advanced by the state being it is ‘unfair’ for one person to do better than another. In the end the use this only as an excuse to rob people of greater amounts via taxation. So-called Satanic groups that support these sorts of egalitarian propaganda myths are embarrassing for their naievety.
The Individualism vs. Collectivism precept is so important in fact we could consider giving it a special name, maybe “The Individualism Axiom,” which can be expanded into the ‘Individualism vs. Collectivism Dichotomy.’ The other LHP precepts – Self-Deification, Initiation, and Magic – all follow from that axiom. Economists who favor individualism like to talk about a ‘free-market’ – a market free of coercion – and this is simply the same idea taken to a social level. The Temple of Set differs from its predecessors in taking the same axiom to a metaphysical or spiritual level: the apprehension of one’s own uniqueness and individualism leads to the realization of isolate intelligence, and the idea that one can live an isolate and immortal existence beyond the body, as Dr. Aquino discusses in his book MindStar.
You may have also heard this expressed as the morality of ‘rational self-interest’. This term has been used by Setians, Satanists, even Ayn Rand, whom Anton LaVey had cited as an important influence, as well as many of the fathers of the Enlightenment such as John Locke, John Milton. It continues to appears at other points in history going back to the Greeks, Persians, and Ancient Egypt and begins fading into mythology somewhere in the pre-dynastic era. Tracing this line of true LHP thought throughout history is what the rest of Dr. Flowers’ book Lords of the Left-Hand Path does.