This is just as true this Election Day as it was in 2013.
After spending six weeks studying C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters with my 5000 Words class, I feel like I know just what the infamous devil-professor would say about this election…
My Dear Wormwood,
I am pleased to see you dabbling in politics. As even the most immature tempter knows, the passions that bubble up from the froth of political dissimilarity will produce the most delightful clashes, the deepest schisms in friends and family, the most hell-like states possible on earth.
This is a promising field, this political arena.
In fact, the entire machine of antithetical visions scrapping incessantly in a purposely created and carefully maintained tug-of-war in order to accomplish the business of governing is so exquisitely ridiculous I wish I had thought of it myself. And don’t worry about your patient seeing the preposterous nature of the status quo. If that happens, we can use even that revelation for our purposes.
Consider the highly educated, morally upright (nearly extinct), disgruntled patriot who sees the futility of two choices, neither one perfect, of course. The patient can be made to see the stagnation and brokenness as an evil in itself and can be herded, quite in spite of the fact that he is a thinking man, out of the realm of actual tangible impact and into a harmless philosophical decision.
By harmless I mean, to us.
Some patients simply can’t be fooled into working for us… they can only be deftly ushered into not working against us. Malaise is the name of the game in hell: get the righteous to step aside or be “above all that” so that—our creeping tide of evil will pass right over the doorstep while the patient doggedly maintains his deeply held conviction about “how things ought to be.”
Your affectionate uncle,
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You know why we can’t have the Ten Commandments courthouses anymore? It creates a hostile work environment for the judges, lawyers and politicians that work there.
“Hostile work environment…” Hmmm. That totally makes sense. Imagine how distracting it would be to do your job as a lawyer or politician if you’re constantly admonished not to lie and steal.
I know right?
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I could just as easily write this today as two elections ago. The difference is, two elections ago, I wasn’t sure there’d be riots no matter who was elected. Today I am.