The process of writing this essay has been a fairly entertaining time. I originally wrote this as a letter to a good friend in order to explain a few things about Satanism. I never actually expected for this to come out to be so long. My intentions were just to make a comparison of Satanism and the average persons every day life. But as I wrote I just kept coming up with more to say.
At one point I thought I had actually finished. I made some corrections and printed out the first copy. While having the first copy proof read I came up with more to write. While doing this additional writing, I developed a way of organizing the sections to make the whole thing easier to read. Part of the reason I decided to reorganize was to help add an emphasis to certain sections.
Its amazing when I think about how just a small idea has flourished. It never occurred to me that there was so much that I wanted to say. As things came to mind I would write them out, never considering how long this essay was becoming. It wasn't until the essay passed the twenty page mark that I started to review what I had written. It was at that point that I decided to go back and add to the original introduction. The original introduction is still printed here in the introduction. The original introduction is the final couple of paragraphs were I relate why I wrote this essay.
I do want to thank my girlfriend, Mary, for all the support and ideas she gave me. With out her I never would have even started writing this. I also want to thank my friends Jim and Pat who unknowingly aided me in the writing of this paper.
This paper originally started out as just a three page hand written letter. It developed in the course of a few weeks into this long essay. Who knows, over time maybe even more shall be added on to this essay.
During the process of writing this essay I was approached by a
"good christian woman." Seeing me write she was curious to find out
what I was writing about. After a little side stepping to try and avoid
the issue I finally gave up and told her why I have written this essay.
I gave a simple three part answer which outlines the entire reason for
writing this essay.
When I first mentioned the subject of my paper I could see her cringe at the word Satanism. And then when I made my second point she started getting extremely defensive. Asking why I got that reaction is a very good idea. That's one of the issues that I confront in this essay.
"Open your eyes that you may see, Oh men of mildewed minds, and
listen to me ye bewildered millions!"
(Book of Satan I:2)
Chapter 1: Satanism 101
Chapter 2: Civil Satanism
Chapter 3: Lets Talk
Chapter 4: That Feels Good
Chapter 5: Who Knew?
Omega: The Closing