Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sympathy for the Devil

"And the mortals! I ask you--Why? Tell me that. Why?

They use my name as if I spend my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive.

'The Devil made me do it.' I have never made one of them do anything. Never.

And then they die, and they come here (having transgressed against what they believed to be right), and expect us to fulfill their desire for pain and retribution.

They talk of me going around buying souls, like a fishwife come market day, never stopping to ask themselves why. I need no souls. And how can anyone own a soul?

No. They belong to themselves… They just hate to have to face up to it."

--Lucifer, in Neil Gaiman's Sandman.

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