Going to Hell


red devil!


         It was said to me to at one time in the distant, misty past when I was very young and very impressionable. I’m not sure who said it or how it was phrased. “You are going to hell!” or “You will go to hell if—” If? If—what? Hell, as it was probably described to me, was somewhere DOWN THERE. It was a place filled with fire and brimstone. Did I know about the brimstone part then? Within that hazy memory lurked the DEVIL.


         Why did that fragment of memory still linger, popping up out of the recesses of my subconscious some twenty years after the happening? That was, I would guess, about sixty years ago during the time I was cartooning. Something occurred to trigger his reappearance (together with his place of residence) from my subconscious to my consciousness mind at that time.


         I have no recollection of that moment back in the mid 1950’s when the devil made his reappearance in my mind. I can only conclude that I was quick to scribble a rough drawing of the cartoon that popped into my head before I lost it. I was in such a hurry that I didn’t complete the drawing of the devil’s trident. No matter, I had my idea down on a scrap of paper. What you are seeing is a copy of that roughly sketched cartoon.


         Perhaps, it is my peculiar sense of humor that I placed the devil in an elevator. I am certain he had no need of that conveyance prior to my placing him in it. Then there is the unspoken, obvious question of the unimpressed elevator operator, “Floor?” followed by the obvious answer of the devil.


         I used the services of the devil to do a rhyming piece, “I’VE GOT YOUR ROOMS DOWN HERE” in September of 2013. If you haven’t seen it before, you might want to check it out. 15,536 viewers already have.


         People were being fired from their jobs by the tens of thousands in order for their employers to reduce costs. At the same time and well into the present, banks and other financial institutions as well as some large corporations were and are being fined tens of billions of dollars by the United States government for breaking the law without their admitting guilt.


         I posed a what if...? Question: What if...those billions of dollars in fines were used, instead, to keep people employed? I used the sum of one billion dollars in my rhyme when in fact it was so very much more.


         I suppose the applications of those many billions of dollars for job retention is not realistic but...WHAT IF—?   click here


Bob Flicker


August 201

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