The Devil starts a new educational program

devilThe 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.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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