Screwtape Lost and Found – Wrapping Darkness around Belief and listening instead to the Wisdom of the Body
Where did Demonic wisdom come from? It is speculated it came before the Enemy took hold in the human imagination. And over time Demon wisdom was appropriated by His earthly agents to enhance their righteous ends. Speculation is a wonderful thing. It may bring no proof but the exercise is very important. 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.
Where did Demonic wisdom come from? It is speculated it came before the Enemy took hold in the human imagination. And over time Demon wisdom was appropriated by His earthly agents to enhance their righteous ends. But it’s only speculation.
Demons are increasingly likening themselves to inner wisdom. Eh? How can this be so? There’s nothing good about Demons. Wisdom is for righteous only, is it not? Demons never think of others, do they? If they are believed in correctly, they might. That they are possessed by singular and shared perceptions, otherly rights and wrongs, and questions of whether Demons actually exist, and there it is, belief confusion. Demons have long been thought of as being traditional. Operating ‘beyond’, dwelling in the supernatural, fully malevolent, existing in fearful minds and disturbing them; their traditional aim, to cause maximum harm. They have had many names, many depictions, and have worked purely and solely for the Enemy’s selfish purposes. But in an increasing unbelieving world, it appears not as much. And yet, the most remarkable questions and answers mooted by humans since the dawn of their awareness have had Demon input. There was nothing else as real in those ancient days. Those who questioned learned. The Enemy, when He finally did drop into the conversation, especially when fear and superstition was at its most rife, and with the help of His agents, became the supreme distraction. His mandated agents told the people there was nothing else to compare with His power. The Enemy’s new Church proudly pronounced that it had all the answers humans needed, humans ignorant of their ways. However and against all the odds, Demon wisdom nevertheless prevails.
The word Demon established itself in an odd way, according to Demon theory. For when the Enemy first appeared, his agents organized supernatural metaphors for Him. Eventually they applied to Him the ordinary word good. And in all languages, an ‘O’ dropped out of the word good, and the reduced word came to explain everything. Three letters for a word that explains everything. Marvelous! And of course Demons, being a priori, weren’t going to be left out. And if the number of letters is taken into account Demons believe they have got one up on the Enemy. To metaphorically make an image for evil the letter ‘D” was added. And this simple expansion of the word evil to Devil then created its multi-talented offshoots, Demons, who are, in all languages, as forever as Him.
All searching questions appear to begin with the Demon inspired and expansionist word ‘why’. Who knows which Demon inspired it, but one day, by chance, a primitive being grunted words like in the English ‘Why is this life so damn hard? Why is it my fault? Why can’t I do something about it?’ And other primitive beings probably thought the same. And soon they began to converse and discuss; which is the fundamental nature of the human tongue. And so over millennia it went. Grunting is of course difficult to translate, and discontent probably didn’t quite come about in grunting, and yet from incomprehensible grunts came chatter and hearsay, which became tales and legends. Simple questions grew into loaded ones which invited loaded answers, which may have opened the door for inventive imaginations to actualize the Enemy and Demons.