|What We're Up Against
||[Dec. 6th, 2012|11:54 am]
A quiz show Ailz and I sometimes watch featured two male students who are aiming to be corporate lawyers. Or, as one of them put it, "We want to sell our souls to the devil." Yes, he actually said that. They also admitted that neither of them reads for pleasure.|
If they'd kept their traps shut I'd have taken them for Born-Again Christians. They had that look about them. Smiley, toothy, virginal, smug.
Oh, like Hitler Jugend members then?
Yes, like unquestioning, empty-headed young people of any persuasion.
There is little mental difference between born-again Christians and human devil-coinage.
The law holds true on a higher, spiritual arc, as well.
You know the old Qabalistic chestnut:
Messiah = Serpent
MShICh = NChSh
40 + 300 + 10 + 8 = 50 + 8 + 300
358 = 358
The Beloved often wears the mask of adversity.
In each case an ideology has been embraced uncritically, without question.
Stevenson has a story that plays with this truth. A murderer encounters a stranger who he imagines to be the devil. It's called Markheim.