The Gentleman Downstairs and Other Satanic Parables and Fables

Smash the Other Cheek

Sheep grazing in the field were often attacked by roving wolves. Shepherds did their best to stop the regular carnage. But it was accepted as part of the business. The sheep preached love for the wolf. They hoped that it might accept the love and stop eating them.

The sheep didn’t attempt to fight off the wolves when they appeared for a meal. They scrambled away and bleated but soon succumbed to the beast’s fangs.

The hopelessness and impotence among the sheep angered a goat who grazed with them. When a wolf attacked that night, it went for the goat, which fought back. The goat butted the ferocious beast with its horned head. It raked its horns across the fallen wolf’s ribs. It crushed its jaws with its cloven hooves. The wolf limped howling in pain back to the woods.

The wolf licked his wounds. But it could never eat more than grass and bugs after the battle with the goat. The other wolves no longer bothered the goat when they returned for more meat. They were reminded of the scars and memories the goat left on their comrade. Now the sheep fawned over the goat. The others wolves returned for more blood. They became angry when it refused to help them.

When he was old, the goat died. He was always remembered for crushing the wolf. The sheep laughed at the beast grazing on the grass nearby where they fed.



“Make yourself a terror to your adversary; this way you will live forever – in the brains and sinew of those whose respect you have gained. Wreak vengeance; don’t turn the other cheek.”

LaVey, Anton. The Satanic Bible. New York: Avon Books, 1969. Print.


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