Posted by: Jaeson D. Rau | March 5, 2018

If I Were The Devil

Back in 1965, Paul Harvey had something to say about the devil that I feel is very profound. 48 years later as I sit here thinking about what I’ve read, two very specific thoughts come to mind.

the first is this. We are living our lives to the letter of what is written below and I don’t understand why. how it is that as a people, or species on this planet we have not been able to come together with peace, love, compassion and a desire for everyone to live their lives to the fullest during their time on this planet? The pointers are all there, the piece of writing you find below is just one example of a pointer that is literally screaming at you to wake up and become a part of the solution.

The second thing that comes to mind for me after reading this piece of writing is that my image of what “The Devil” is has just changed. I used to think “The Devil” was red with horns and a tail, you know the rest. Anyway, my image of “The Devil”  is now this. “The Devil” is not a person or being of any kind. “The Devil”  is the term used when humanity turns their back on peace, love and compassion as a whole, or at least a majority. “The Devil” simply describes the actions of the human beings living on this planet. The other way that we can say it is that humanity is emulating what “The Devil” stands for. And in both analogies humanity is proving that I’m right. Everywhere that you look on this planet right now you find greed, hate, lust, blame, violence and corruption that staggers the imagination. I’d say “The Devil” is already here.

For those of you that are saying to yourselves right now that I need to get with the times, maybe you need to make the realization that just because it’s happening does not mean that it’s good. The other thing you need to do is remember that we are human beings and we have the gift of conscious awareness and we have the ability to learn from our mistakes. You especially are the people who need to read the article below, read it more than once

If I Were The Devil written by Paul Harvey in 1965

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”   To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”.  In the ears of the young married, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and  thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school-house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If  I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.



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