The Devil looked at all the attendees of his new hellish workshop and, with a cavity-filled smile, said, “We can no longer simply trick earth-humans into making overt acts of wrongdoing. That’s getting too obvious. From now on, you must stay away from influencing people to openly ignore and challenge the Ten Commandments.”
The evil-embracing students looked at each other with quizzical expressions. Was their hero-teacher going mad and losing his touch?
“The world is getting smarter, so we have to be more subtle when applying our craft. We don’t want human society to become the least bit suspicious about our actual existence and aims,” said the Devil with a big evil grin.
“So instead, when you go inside people’s neural networks, I want you to search through all the ideas within your victim’s memories and identify what that person really loves the most in life. Then, interject flattery concerning these loves and slowly lead their hearts and minds into our community. Once you lure them into our circle you can easily mold similar—yet ever so slightly different—affections out of that original love, whereby you can slowly dim its power until you turn it into its opposite and destroy it. Ha, ha, ha! By using these subtle tactics the victim will even believe that these new desires and contentions sprang from his or her own heart and mind. Remember, when you destroy a person’s love you destroy that person. And you know, this destruction will give you the greatest of all delights imaginable. So let’s stop pushing overt acts of evil and start getting our kicks from destroying people’s lives!” said the Devil with a sly and harsh voice.
The Devil looked around the classroom. His students were taking notes furiously.