I’ve often wondered about the afterlife. Is it like a ‘The Good Place’ situation, wherein all of our actions are being monitored and scored, and we get an afterlife based on our rating? Is the concept of rebirth real? Do we really have to go through all of this again? Is the classical notion of heaven and hell true? A lot of people believe in and resonate with that concept. They use it as a model or guideline to live life.
“Will this action condemn me to eternal damnation? If it would, then I won’t do it. Or I will, if it brings me enough temporary satisfaction to make me forget the prospect of eternal damnation.”
The Devil is a personification of evil and hostility. Of destruction. In numerous cultures and beliefs, He is usually depicted using red– the colour of anger.
The Devil has many forms. The serpent that tempted Adam and Eve in Eden (The Old Testament). The fallen angel (The Bible, Book of Isaiah). The beast. The winged devil (Dante’s Inferno). A creature with horns. A creature with hooves. A child (The Omen).
What if the Devil exists inside us? What if mental health is, in fact, a farce, and depression and anxiety and all the other stuff are just the Devil using our brains as its playground?
What if there is no afterlife? What if this is the afterlife, the eternal damnation all of us are sentenced to. Destruction all around, and within us. Constant mental torture and existential dread.
Life is temporary. Nothing lasts forever. People, places, experiences. Everything has an expiry date. Maybe the Devil is in this transience of life. Maybe the Devil is the concept that we can enjoy the small things in life, but they stay small, and vanish the moment you start looking for them. Maybe the Devil is the fact that not everything is reciprocated. Sometimes you love something that just won’t love you back. A lot of times, nice people aren’t treated nicely. Maybe the Devil depends on how you treat people.