This story came to mind while a brief discussion about the growing community of bloggers and online people. Well it sort of reminds you of a certain reaction and counter-reaction quiet common.
This is one of my favorite Oscar Wilde tales or short short stories involes the Devil. This is a version of the story. An adaptation.
One day the Devil goes up to Earth to check on the work of his minions- minor and major devils of both the minor and major arcana of the kingdom of Hell. A pair of devils were tempting an ascetic of Saint Ingo in the middle of a Desert to commit sin but to no avail. They had tried every know trick in the Devil’s book on Temptation and Mischief but it was of no use. Riches were offered but nothing. A Succubus was summoned but the Hermit like Job kept the Faith. Even an Incubus was called for but it was not to be.
The pair of devils were so frustrated that they were tearing their hairs out. Even though they had no hair at all.The devils were also crying tears of acid and vinegar, which is also a milder form of acid.
The Devil seeing this talked to them and asked what was happening. And the pair of frustrated devils told their tale and begged to be transferred to a lesser duty tempting lawmakers or bishops or even preachers. They then pleaded to be sent to writers,journalists and bloggers who would abuse their position and take advantage of their readers and certain businesses. Then they pleaded to be sent to businessmen and business interest who had the bad habit of delaying payments. Or to individuals who took advantage of family and friends to make themselves wealthy, powerful or popular. Or to guests who took advantage of their hosts. There is a special place in hell for people who took advantage of their hosts, people who talk in the cinema, and for people who spam social media and the World Wide Web.
They even tried to bribe the Devil but Old Nick just smiled. And asked them some questions about the Ascetic of Saint Ingo. Then Old Nick thought for a while and then smiled again.
Old Nick approached the Ascetic of Ingo, who was known as Brother Lazarus, and then the Devil whispered into his ear. A moment or two later Brother Lazarus stood up, threw his cross to the sands and started to curse aloud. Brother Lazarus curses could be heared from deepest pits of Hell to the highest towers in the Celestial City.
This went on and on. Old Nick meanwhile, sat down on the sands and was savoring his victory by listening to the curse which for him sounded like the best musical piece ever written and played. The pair of devils, after some time, approached Old Nick, what he had done.
Old Nick smiled and said, “I just told him his brother was just made Archbishop and Prince of Alexandria.”
And here is the better version of Bedazzled – A movie about the Devil.