The Devil’s Journal, Questions and Doubts from Friends

Doubts from friends

Wednesday, March 16, 2022. 5 minutes past 1:00

I’ve heard it said before, and said it myself many times, that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But how should one feel about the same question asked repeatedly? And questions from friends are expected, especially, when those friends genuinely want to understand you better.

These repeated questions indicated doubt to me, as much as they do curiosity. I know the inquisitive human will ask many questions about a subject that interests them and the sceptical ape will reiterate their inquiries implying that they don’t trust you or what you say.

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But the unnecessary accusation of my defence of unacceptable behaviour is obscenely bothersome. The Devil is, allegedly, the symbol of everything that is wrong with the world.

Some tell me that as the Devil I “obviously endorse crime, violence, and depravity.”

What’s more offensive about these questions is the refusal to accept my repudiation of such tendencies on the part of my interrogators.

I’ve told them before, and openly, that I condemn any action hindering human or animal welfare. I vehemently oppose any attitude in opposition to peace, compassion and universal responsibility.

Furthermore, I do my best clarify that this Devil represents a challenge to archaic ideologies and traditional notions interfering with human thriving and progress. Religion and politics are two of the frameworks I regularly and fondly challenge.

The futility of this exercise makes it tiring. But I do my best to remember that the mere mention of my name triggers responses associated with lifetimes of social and cultural conditioning.

I feel a sort of sadness for those who doubt my explanation. That they can’t see past antiquated ideas of fear and control is a saddening circumstance, indeed.

— The Devil Unbound

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