From Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark
This little joke, or perhaps parable, came to us courtesy of an anonymous reader:
HEAVEN AND HELL
While walking down the street one day a rather corrupt Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.
In due course his soul arrived in heaven and was met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," said St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," said the Senator.
"Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
"Really? I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," said the Senator.
"I’m sorry, but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorted him to the elevator and down he went;
Down, down, down to hell.
The doors opened and he found himself in the middle of a lush green golf course. In the distance was an opulent clubhouse and standing in front of it were all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone was very happy and wearing evening dress. They ran to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people – the voters.
They played a friendly game of golf and then feasted on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present was the devil, who really was a very friendly guy who was having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They were all having such a good time that before the Senator realized it, it was time to go.
Everyone gave him a hearty farewell and waved goodbye while he boarded the elevator.
The elevator went up, up, up and the door reopened in heaven where St. Peter was waiting for him; "Now it’s time to visit heaven…”
So the Senator joined a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing harps, singing melodiously and eating sparingly of tasty but simple, satisfying and healthy foods. They all had a pleasant time and, before he realized it, the 24 hours had gone by and St. Peter returned.
"Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity."
The Senator reflected for a minute, then he answered: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorted him to the elevator and he back he went; down, down, down to hell…
When the doors of the elevator opened he found himself in the middle of a sulfurous, scorched, barren land covered with waste and garbage. He saw all his friends, now dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash fell on them endlessly from above.
The devil came over to him and put his arm around his shoulders.
" I… I don’t understand," stammered the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a grand time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil smiled at him and said "Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted..”
Vote wisely in November 2014.
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