Small Paychecks and Big Opportunities

As has been discussed time and time again, it is easy for the young Satanist to not feel all that elite. One source of this discouragement is where we are likely to be employed. I, for example, spent 2 years working for a McDonald’s in my home town, and now work both in retail and as a laborer at a wastewater treatment plant. Both jobs are unskilled, low pay, and very unrewarding. This doesn’t mean they have to be.

These years (between 16 and 20) may be characterized by small paychecks and jobs that make one feel that they are making no progress in their goals, but they do not have to be so meaningless. A Satanist seeks to suck the marrow out of life, and these dead end jobs should be no different. Anything not furthering your lot in life can be used to improve yourself. For example, at McDonald’s I taught myself to budget. I had new bills during those years, and new priorities. I taught myself to stretch a dollar, and now I can afford college on my own. Retail has been my Lesser Magic proving grounds. I constantly interact with people from varied walks of life, and use those interactions to experiment with various Lesser Magic tactics. I have learned how to better read body language, how to better use the unconscious mind to my advantage, and I have learned more about a wide variety of careers. This has lead me to be better at achieving other goals, networking, and even lead to a promotion at that job. The title might as well be “Lesser Magic Specialist,” and it will soon put a little more money in my pocket. Working in the wastewater facility has given me a lot of time alone doing very mindless work. Rather than be bored all the time, I choose to educate and entertain myself through my earbuds. Podcasts like Philosophize This, Lore, The Dollop, and more educate me on things I would have never known. The podcasts on my Recommended Links page always put a smile on my face.

These low wage, no skill jobs are your chance to improve yourself. While more accomplished Satanists often are so because they have had more time, that does not mean you should neglect opportunity that you have today. Often these unpleasant jobs feel like a disaster. This reminds me of one of my favorite Voltaire quotes. He said “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” We must use the time we have to do both things that make us joyful and things that make us better. Take risks while you can, because the stakes only get higher. These shitty jobs are your time to explore, use that time wisely.

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One thought on “Small Paychecks and Big Opportunities

  1. I don’t think a lot of Satanists have super glamorous jobs. Some are artists, musicians, writers, etc, but to me it seems like a lot of us have normal, everyday jobs that we make the most out of. Because you’re right. Any job you can possibly get has some opportunity to better yourself, not to mention getting money to finance your other hobbies and life goals. And if it turns out that you do excel in retail, you can get a job at a high-end retail store and make a lot of money. Also, just a side note. I also graduated from college without any student loan debt, and now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I’m SO grateful for it. I have so many friends who are trying to get apartments, cars, have extra money to go out and have fun, go on vacation, or whatever, and they have to balance a budget on top of having an extra couple hundred dollars a month in student loan payments. If there’s any way you can avoid those, definitely do it.

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