One At A Time
A Famous Parable from a Satanic Point of View

By Vexen Crabtree 2001

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This is a famous story used by white Light religions such as Christianity to show how God cares for each of us. Here is the same story alongside commentary from a Satanic point of view... as if the Native and the Beach was a Satanist and his life, not God and his creation.

A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance, as he grew nearer, he noticed the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean.

As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, "Good evening, friend. I was wandering what you are doing."

"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it's low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die up here from lack of oxygen."

"I understand", my friend replied, "but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don't you realise that this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can't you see that you can't possibly make a difference?"

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one"

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There are many problems in a man's life. In this story, the problems of Evil are God's, as many people have turned from God, so the Starfish are washed up on the shore, and will die without his help. These "problems" can be solved, one by one.

But when the problems seem unsurmountable, endless, recurring and impossibly vast, working through them one by one can seem to be a ludicrous waste of time. Many people would not bother. They would ignore them.

If you ignore them however, they become worse over time, strangling your life.

"but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don't you realise that this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can't you see that you can't possibly make a difference?"

The things about Satanism is that we believe there is no afterlife, that we are Hellbound on this Earth after death; Anton LaVey called death 'the great abstinence'. There is only one life, this one. No matter how many problems, no matter how high the odds are stacked, in spite of all the stupidity that people generate, of all the unfairness and the seemingly unending patheticness of people around us, a Satanist will never give up and resign himself to a poor quality life. One by one, every time these problems are washed up, personal or circumstantial, we fight them and cure them. There is no hiding from yourself; no-one else is going to help you.

Every problem solved, every opposing starfish that is sent back the way it came is a benefit in your life; even though you will never complete your tasks giving up is inviting selfdestruction.

Vexen Crabtree

Hail Satan!
Hail Lucifer, my eternal self light!

Current edition: 2001 Aug 05
http://www.dpjs.co.uk/litanies/oneatatime.html
Parent page: The Description, Philosophies and Justification of Satanism

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LaVey, Anton. (1930-1997) Founder of the Church of Satan.
(1969) The Satanic Bible. Paperback book. Published by Avon Books Inc, New York, USA. Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1966..

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