One of his henchmen walked into the room and asked the Devil what he was doing.
“I am looking for flaws in human brain design so that I can further disrupt God’s intended purpose,” said the Devil, scouring over every neuron and connection in the brain’s structure.
“Didn’t you already spoil the human heart?” questioned the henchman.
“I am still not satisfied.” The Devil then increased magnification, revealing deeper levels of structure in the neuron itself that still remain undiscovered by human neuroscientists. “Look here, deep inside this neuron. This interior substrate is where God secretly places sacred data in children to serve as a matrix for future spiritual growth.”
“I know, that matrix is what some call the ‘remains,’” said the hellish sidekick.
“Yes, and I think I have discovered a way to thwart this matrix from ever developing during a person’s short, physical life on earth,” replied the Devil with a nasty grin. “You see, God’s influence flows out of heaven and some of it gets focused on the remains, deep within the neuron. The rest of it, in its downward flow, is perverted and twisted by our devilish activity or it simply leaks away where it is harmlessly dissipated outwards without bringing any detriment to our wonderfully wicked projects.”
The Devil meditates for a moment, then continues his talk. “I have calculated that I can create a lower form of consciousness in children after they reach the age of about five, when they begin to lose their innocence. At that age children can learn from their parents and adults how to lie and deceive others. Over time, children will also learn to deceive themselves.”
“What is this lower form of consciousness?” asked the Devil’s loyal admirer.
“This is the corporeal mind,” answered the Devil. “It develops from habit but the beauty of it is that it is a fabricated personality and functions mechanically. This sets up a double whammy for God. First of all, this renders God’s heavenly influence into mere mechanical energy, and secondly, any valuable information coming from the outside world—like hearing sermons or reading the Holy Word—gets trapped in people’s corporeal memory banks like undigested food in the stomach.”
“I am beginning to see the genius of your plan,” said the henchman. “Any data that gets stuck in a person’s memory banks cannot be used to feed the remains.”
“Correct!” exclaimed the Devil. “And the information is guaranteed to get stuck there because people will believe that their fabricated corporeal personality is their true consciousness.”
“But what if some theologian, like Emanuel Swedenborg, convinces the people of earth to escape this condition of illusion?” asked the slightly nervous henchmen.
“People will not believe it if you tell them they are frauds. You can’t convince people that they need something they already think they have—like true consciousness. So even if they go to church every Sunday and manifest neighborly love and usefulness toward each other it will all be done from their false consciousness! Simply put, people want to become good straightaway, without dealing with their inner obstacles and the true issues facing spiritual transformation.”
“Imagine that. You have come up with a way to make even goodness one of your tools for damnation. Brilliant!” exclaimed the excited disciple of hell.
The Devil and his henchmen laughed so hard they couldn’t help having an organic accident.