I had been reading articles from fellow Satanists about unity, and how the goal of unity (or more specifically the idea of uniting everyone under one banner) is basically nothing more than an obvious and vain attempt at a power grab, a scheme to exert greater control and authority over more sheepish followers. I thought about that sentiment and not only do I see where they’re coming from, I actually, in some way, agree.
I’m not against all peace, cooperation, or harmony (unless it is founded on the wrong reasons or is based on oppression, ignorance, or deceit), and we can’t have conflict all the time, but I was always against the idea that we should be unified under any one banner, or be merged into a single collective consciousness or hive-mind of any kind. And don’t get me wrong, the problem isn’t the sense of solidarity that comes with people uniting to face a greater foe, the problem is everyone uniting a banner more permanently, and usually it is the banner of someone seeking greater “power” over others.
As an individualist, and a Satanist, I cannot stand for any uniting under one banner in a permanent sense. I support individuality and freedom above unity and cohesion, even at the expense of unity and cohesion.