Screwtape Lost and Found – Love IS The Answer To Everything
Love is one answer to why demons operate the way they do. They ‘love’ being in the thick of it. They love its varieties. And when strange love causes discomfort there must be blame. The Enemy and His agents, the men of the Church, are the appropriate culprits in demons’ eyes. They, who say they know best about love, know the least say demons. More
This fictional essay is part of a series inspired by C S Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Each satirical essay seeks to respond to the satirical concepts laid down by Lewis, and to twist them around a little. Lewis was once an atheist and died a Christian. This author was born into Christianity and lives as an atheist.
Love is one answer to why demons operate the way they do. They ‘love’ being in the thick of it. They love its varieties. And when strange love causes discomfort there must be blame. The Enemy and His agents, the men of the Church, are the appropriate culprits in demons’ eyes. They, who say they know best about love, know the least say demons.
Demons love all things associated with romantic love. They love the complications, they love the mess. They’re not big on the commitment side of things mind you. They don’t like love when it involves hard work. Demons like it that nothing’s perfect in life, it’s their business to keep it that way, and when love goes wrong the whole demon human relationship should be promiscuous. And in fact demons might appear burlesque to many who are not sure how to take them. Because as soon as boy meets girl or all variations thereof, as long as the lust is wrapped up in love’s ordinances, demons are almost beside themselves with pleasure. Why? Love is as mysterious as death is certain. Demons may have helped invent crime novels, but love is the Enemy’s fiction, and demons lap it up like there are buckets of hell fires to go.
Because romantic love, super powered by the action in the love nest, is about kiln fired emotions, knowing demons reckon that even the Enemy hasn’t a clue. Love’s time is white hot and volcanic. Humans in love, with their demons barely hanging onto the ride, enter a state of heavenly paradoxes; experiences entirely different to good news versions. Demons are in the thick of these love-lust skirmishes; its mad, unsettling, laughing, crying, eye opening, heart pumping; and it’s so seriously intoxicating that the word heaven is often used to describe it. Love is the jackhammer to quiet feeling, and don’t demons know it! They share a ride that ever loops the sparkly haloed blue earth in every which way; this, the dark and mysterious human experience.
While demons love human love, there are conditions attached. Demons usually hang out in the irrational. And they are around before sharp reality hits, and when lovers are nervous and uncertain; and they are there when it is all over; for they encourage recriminations, and palpable regrets. But that is the messy side of romantic love. There is also enduring love, when the fizzle of romance is fundamentally ambient. Demons still get a warm fuzzy feeling over these, but it’s not the same. This type of love is working love, which the Enemy is fond of, always alluding to it through His agents and which offers promises. These promises are hard to break, particularly when there is a strong commitment, and demons of those He makes promises to struggle with them. This working love mostly finds demons scarce on the production line floor, so to speak.