I recently read the book Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortaunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S. written by Jeremy Leven. It followed the fictional Dr. Kassler's life of mishaps and how we wound up treating a computer brain that was built by a madman, and came to in fact be Satan incarnated. The read was hilarious, and in parts pretty damn sad. The following passage struck me with much food for thought:
"I arrived when you all decided you were not really a part of nature, when you started telling tales of how lust, revenge, malice, and self-interest weren't really from your heart, but were forced upon you by some outside force."
This comes from a section when Satan is receiving his psychotherapy and is speaking about his birth. And it rings true, not that I'm looking to side with any prince of darkness, but Satan gets a lot of blame placed on him for the world's terror, when in fact, aside from all the beautiful accomplishments the imagination can drive, the imagination can also conjure up some evil lord where one can dump all the bad things they do and see into a sack, "the devil made me/him do it." It's high time people took real time to consider consequences for their actions both in a direct sense...and a not so direct sense, how larger actions, say a nation takes (and we all sit by idly) toward global economic domination, might trigger some violent retaliation that isn't actually caused by the devil whispering in a frustrated people's ears.
And if the devil does exist, does that still make it okay to no longer take responsibility for our actions and shut down the true capabilities of our imagination to understand and cope with and possibly prevent future bad things from happening? Do people really want to let the fear centers of the brain let a specter of a cerebral Satan take up the imagination's projection power? Or do we want to actually use our brain's creative capacities to solve social issues? We're all physically on this Earth and have to find ways to co-exist. And that involves responsibility from all participants. The devil only exists in pictures and cannot be held accountable in any court on this plane of existence. Maybe God's court? But who knows when that trial will get around to happening. We're better off being critical thinkers.