Respected Church of Satan
I have been present on this forum for something like a week now.
One of my reasons for joining this forum is trying to figure out how exactly I would benefit from membership in the Church of Satan
I was told by a high ranking member that it is not about getting a nice little red card with your name of it (although I do fancy plastic cards with my name on it).
I have also understood that it all works on a "quid pro quo" basis, I give the money - you give me membership. That is also a principle I agree with.
I have seen on this forum that people have already been asking about eventual benefits from membership. I could not find a straightforward answer.
I was also told that by a high ranking member that one's religious commitment is an important thing. Of course, but I don't think that by buying membership I will also buy my religious identity.
Doktor LaVey was very generous in this way, making his work public. Paying for membership would make much more sense to me if his work wasn't public and one had to pay to gain access to his written wisdom.
In my opinion, publicity can only hurt the Church of Satan
, not because of the negative publicity but because of attracting all kinds of people who may not be the kind of people considered Satanic.
I have found this also on this very forum. Nonetheless, I have read some very interesting and very intelligent postings, but mostly from higher ranking members. And intelligent discussion is also one of the reasons why I have joined this forum.
I do consider myself a Satanist, and I may be completely wrong (and I would appreciate your clarification on this), but until I see how exactly I can benefit from the Church of Satan
- I cannot see why I should join. I don't think that membership would make me more of a Satanist.
The only appeal in membership that I see is getting to know people with power, influential people, with which I would like to collaborate. I know that Satanists are not altruists, so I don't expect to get anything for free, of course.
Let's make all of this a simple question - I pay for membership, I get a card. That's a fair deal. What can I expect after that?
And also, what extra benefits can Active Membership bring?
I will just add that I believe that merely asking - "What's in it for me?" is a purely Satanic concept, so that's why I am posting this.
Thank you for your patience.