I was recently having a discussion on religion with a classmate of mine and he brought up the subject of Satanism. He knew nothing of it, so after discussing it's main teachings I gave him my copy of The Satanic Bible. A few days later he came asking me "If Satanism sees man as another animal, and openly acknowledges the brutal and selfish nature of man, then isn't that condemning one's self to be nothing more than what evolution says he has to be?" Being that I'm not an actual Satanist (but still prefer the company of free-thinking individuals) I didn't know what the answer to that question would be. How would you answer it?
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
- George Orwell, "1984"
"No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid... Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings."
- George Orwell c. 1950