#1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Hand_Path

Modern definitions of "Right-Hand Path" elevate spirituality, the strict observance of moral codes, and the worship of deities. The intent of "Right-Hand Path" belief systems is to attain proximity to divinity, or integration with divinity. Conversely, the "Left-Hand Path" belief systems value the advancement and preservation of the self, as well as the pursuit of terrestrial goals. These goals are achieved either by seeking the guidance of one or more deities via theistic practices, or more commonly, via non-theistic uses of instincts and logic.


Right-Hand Path belief systems generally share the following properties:

* Belief in a higher power, such as a deity.
* Obedience to the will of a higher power.
* The belief that there is an absolute definition of good and evil that applies to everyone.
* Esoteric belief in a supernatural mechanism like Karma, divine retribution, or the Threefold Law, which entails the assessment of moral decisions made in one's lifetime.
* Eschatological beliefs, resulting to salvation for some and to damnation for others.
* The ultimate goal of merging the individual consciousness into a greater or cosmic whole.

Left-Hand Path belief systems generally share the following properties:

* The conviction that individuals can become akin to gods. The ultimate goal is separating consciousness from the universe, rather than being absorbed by it.
* The conviction that there is no such thing as a selfless act. Fulfilling one's desire is acknowledged to be selfish, at the least reaping an individual sense of satisfaction. Altruism is considered self-deception, created and fostered by conventional religions.
* An exoteric interpretation of concepts like karma, divine retribution, or the Threefold Law, resulting in flexible rather than rigid codes of morality.
* The conviction that the individual is preeminent, and that all decisions should be made with the goal of cultivating the self (though not necessarily the ego).
* The conviction that each individual is responsible for his or her own happiness, and that no external force will provide salvation or reward actions which do not advance one's own happiness in this life.
* The conviction that the forces of the universe can be harnessed to one's personal will by magical means, and that power gained and wielded in such a manner is an aid to enlightenment, to self-satisfaction, and to self-deification.
* A Platonic view of deities as "first-forms." If deity is perceived as having consciousness, then all relationships with the deity are in the form of a partnership, or an alliance which does not require subservience. Some practitioners of Left-Hand Path belief systems summarize this concept with the statement that "prideful deities like prideful partners."


I'm a lefty.

This isn't really religious, it's just what values you believe in.

For example, I don't believe that the decisions that you make affect whether you go to "hell" or not. I just choose not to do evil things because:

1. It doesn't benefit me
2. It screws up my future life and decisions
3. I wouldn't want evil things will happen to me

Vice-versa for good deeds and whatnot. I don't try to become an idol or god, but I want to personally live what I believe is a successful life and make decisions that I enjoy or benefit me.

Last edited by Twisted Magnum at Nov 20, 2008,
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Left. no doubt.
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Middle Path.
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Middle, left hand path follows tend to be self righteous douchebags, and the right hand path was never really my thing, although I'm a Wiccan which is generally a right hand path religion.
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Hold on, does this have anything to do with your writing hand? Like if you're left-handed you lean towards the Left-Hand Path and likewise with right-handedness?
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Probs middle, but the left hand path actually has a lot in line with satanism (from what i understand of it).


Yes it does.

Really taking this distinction out of a spiritual/philosophical context is kind of meaningless though, you aren't really on the left hand path unless it's ideals are integrated strongly into your spirituality.
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Quote by mattallica
Probs middle, but the left hand path actually has a lot in line with satanism (from what i understand of it).


Yeah, I actually strongly believed in the beliefs of Satanism for a while (LaVeyan Satanism though).

It basically says that Satan is actually the symbolic manifestation of the natural urges and questions of mankind. It also says that Satan also represents the pursuit of happiness and knowledge, with the tools of logic and reasoning, not subservience to a deity for guidance and reward.

I would post the wiki link, but I'm trying to keep religion out of this as much as possible.
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I would post the wiki link, but I'm trying to keep religion out of this as much as possible.


But it's an inherently religious topic.
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I'm not religious at all; seems to be a correlation.
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Well values don't always have to be related to religion, right?


No, but these particular terms are pretty meaningless outside of a religious context. Since outside of religion everyone would have to be a left hand path follower in order to get on in society.
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#18
definitely left. i'm left handed so i guess it makes sense!

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