What if the devil is already living among us?

And we know him very well.

And embrace him daily.

Look not upon the devil as something only biblical

For to do so would be to relegate him to the fringes of our conscience

Instead of recognizing him for what he is

Real, and living among us

For he takes many avatars.

****** Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2017 ******

19 comments

    1. Chicken hanging in the slaughter house: “Here comes the man with the blade, he is the devil incarnate.”

      Man with the blade: “I need to finish early and take the wifey out to celebrate her birthday.”

      Man, now holding a bouquet of flowers: “Honey, I’m home.”

      Woman, now holding the bouquet of flowers: “Oh, dear, you are such an adorable man.’

      Devil scratches his head: “Where did I go wrong?”

      1. Thatโ€™s a good one. Ever see The movie Bewitched, which has already been done twice? The devil is a comic genius in coming up with woes and embarrassments.

    1. Present since days old
      Roots deepen, spreading wider
      Gardens turn marshlands

      Hello Lauren,
      Yes, it is scary, for evil is fast becoming the new normal.
      Peace,
      Eric

    1. Players on the stage
      Avatars of convenience ๐Ÿ™‚
      Busy with handhelds

      Hello Sarah,
      Very true, your observation. The collective evil of all individuals, perhaps that is the devil as is the collective good, the opposite.
      Peace,
      Eric

  1. What if the devil we are looking for is not without but instead within us? Shams of Tabriz said: “The whole universe is contained within a single human being-you. Everything that you see around, including the things that you might not be fond of and even the people you despise or abhor, is present within you in varying degrees. Therefore, do not look for Sheitan outside yourself either. The devil is not an extraordinary force that attacks from without. It is an ordinary voice within. If you set to know yourself fully facing with honesty and hardness.”

    1. World of duality
      Everything black and white
      Neat little boxes

      Hello and welcome,
      You ask a good question: ‘What if the devil we are looking for is not without but instead within us?’
      Do you have an opinion on your question and the quote you shared? Would love to hear it.
      Peace.

      1. I am not a believer of the common concept of heaven and hell. Therefore, I also do not believe in angel and the devil. Generally, I think, that how we perceive another human is a reflection of how we perceive ourselves. If I see bad in a person that is because I see worse in mine. And that is the reason why we should maintain pure perception unless proven otherwise. I love that Shams’ quote that I used it few times in my own writings.

    1. He grows in power
      Human words, deeds nourish him
      Eden filled with weeds

      Hello Ian,
      Unfortunately, you are right. His works abound.
      I’ve yet to read a headline that screams:

      Another Act of Love.
      City: 26 Nov 2017
      People in (insert city name) upon noticing a queue on the pavement, came out of their air conditioned offices. A group of vagabonds had gathered in the patch of green and a long line of office workers, each holding drinks and meals, had formed. They waited patiently under the hot sun and slowly moved to the front and deposited their meals and drinks for the less fortunate among the city to refresh themselves.
      When the police arrived, the mayor who had followed in their wake, instructed the cops to help. The police officers skipped their lunch breaks and handled crowd control and traffic.
      It quickly turned into a carnival of sorts. People brought out music and generally had a great time.
      “Trading hours are slipping away, will you not lose money?” asked a reporter.
      “It’s only money, this is more important,” replied the stock broker.

    1. Not one entity
      Evil pervasive in all
      To ‘Live’ spelled backwards

      Hello Jane,
      It lives among us, perhaps not as one entity but is us. We are the host. Scary!
      Peace,
      Eric

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