Lucifer 11: Fibber McGee.

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If you're going to be a fortune-teller, you're going to become a proficient liar. Don't try to put lipstick on this pig, because it is what it is, and you are who you are. Fortune-telling is synonymous with deceit, and if you expect to be a strong performer you absolutely must embrace the pleasure and power of falsehood. If you're reading these words and feel a hint of revulsion rising up within your gut, then you're committing the Satanic sin of lying to yourself.

Perhaps you think I'm saying that you should embrace a life of crime? If so, you'd be wrong, because I fully support a stable society governed by the rule of law and respect for the social contract. As discussed by Anton LaVey in the Satanic Witch, there are many kinds of lies, and these lies need not be criminal. It’s a well-known truth that nobody tells the whole truth all the time, and when any of us go for entertainment, we demand to be deceived. Do you think Hollywood built a multi-billion dollar empire on accurate portrayals of reality? If you do, then you're a stupe and would do well to open your eyes.

Lies, deceit, and manipulation aren't just part of daily life, they're essential to it. Truth will close doors and harden hearts, but lies will prepare the way and enchant people who so desperately desire fantasy that they'd call the truth an insult and give their money to the next person who'll narrate their preferred story.

You have only once choice: insist on truth and fail, or embrace falsehood and thrive. If you don't believe me then all you need do is look at the presidential election campaign of 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both candidates told lies and made use of falsehood to serve their purposes—as do all politicians—but Donald Trump lied so frequently and fabulously that nobody could keep up. The opposition fact-checkers were using tea-spoons to throw water on his dumpster fire, and despite being revealed decades before the earliest moments of his campaign to be a failure and a fraud, he eventually secured the GOP nomination for president and united tens of millions of people behind his banner. 

And he didn't do this because he persuaded people to sexism, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia; instead, he did it because these sentiments were already present in tens of millions of US citizens. All he had to do was promise people that they'd get what they wanted.

Not that he has as much power as he believes to deliver on those promises—he’s restrained by a governmental system of checks and balances plus opposition politicians who refuse to support his goals (not to mention allied politicians who will abandon him the moment their own seats become uncertain.) But through Trump’s incredible campaign of unrelenting falsehood, he lined his own pockets with his supporters' donations, funneled government money into his luxury resorts, and for better or worse entrenched his name in the history books for perhaps hundreds of years to come.

I don’t admire Donald Trump. I think that he’s a complete criminal who's only escaped punishment due to his wealth, influence, and connections. I also think that he believes his own lies and has insulated himself in a cocoon of his own deceit (a fatal mistake and absolutely a Satanic sin). But I do think that he's an astounding example of just how far brazen falsehood can take a person. And if a man like Donald Trump can fib his way into the White House, then how far might any of us go through the mastery of deceit?