A Short Visit to Hell

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Imagine if you will that hell is an office. You sit there at a large desk with wood veneer. The office is not unpleasant. The walls are undecorated, rather plain, but of a pinkish sand color. It’s late afternoon – always. From your window you can see other buildings, low, formal, monumental buildings. The sun is shining through blinds in the tall windows casting shadows on the wall opposite your desk. It’s warm. Every so often you put on air conditioning. Other than that, little changes. You get up and walk to the window. You go back to your desk. You process forms and enter data on your computer. You can hear the sound of voices outside your door but you never go out. You know there’s no point. Everything is always the same. Warm. Comfortable. Unchallenging. Forever.

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3 thoughts on “A Short Visit to Hell

  1. It would seem that this is purgatory. Though, ultimately there is no difference, since in purgatory, it is your own thinking that creates hell, it does not have to be a given. After all, God created Hell out of boredom and submitted Himself first to it.

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    • Thanks Cergat. I think its the eternal nature of the situation that makes it hellish. Perhaps that is the essence of hell – anything that goes on forever grows dull, a burden. Temporariness as paradise.

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  2. We can pursue this further, if you like. These are dangerous thoughts but, what the heck, this is what we do for a living, right? Or for a dying, as someone whom I am not aware of might have already said, considering that everything has been said before. So, this is the question: According to Zapfe, who Ligotti cites in his book, “The Conspiracy Against the Human Race,” there are four delusions that sort of alleviate somewhat our pain as living things, or more correctly, the horror of existence that ihas become conscious of itself.

    “Isolation (“Being alive is all right”), anchoring (“One Nation under God with Families, Morality, and Natural Birthrights for all”), distraction (“Better to kill time than kill oneself”), and sublimation (“I am writing a book titled The Conspiracy against the Human Race ”).”

    It would seem that in he case of temporariness as a requirement for the enjoyment of things, it would fall under “distraction.” Something new everyday, to keep the evil thoughts away, as it were.

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