H is for Hell

“Hell is other people.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
— William Shakespeare

Some people don’t believe in an afterlife. Some believe in reincarnation. Some believe in the concept of heaven and hell; if you’re good, you’ll go to heaven, and if you’re bad, you’ll go to hell. Of course, “good” and “bad” are subjective terms, and that brings about an entirely different subject that I don’t really want to get into now.

I personally believe that heaven and hell are different for everyone, because someone’s hell might be another person’s heaven, and so forth. Hell might be sitting in a plain white room for all eternity, like a child told to sit in his bedroom and think about what he’s done. Hell could be being stuck permanently in a traffic jam that never clears up. Hell could be working in a busy restaurant on Friday night… over and over again, for all eternity. Hell could be a thousand different things.

Or, like in the Shakespeare quote above, hell could be empty. Our lives on earth could be hell, and that’s definitely an interesting thing to think about, especially since we do experience many heavenly moments throughout life. There are plenty of devils living here on earth, right now. As in yesterday’s post, there are angels on earth, too.

As in the other quote above, hell could be other people. Because I’m an introvert, hell sometimes is other people. They drive me crazy because, a lot of the time, I’m not sure how to deal with them or how to interpret their odd and sometimes frustrating behavior.

Basically, I don’t think that hell is that cliched great lake of fire or that heaven is necessarily up in the clouds behind pearly gates. Hell is whatever would cause us the most discomfort.

4 thoughts on “H is for Hell

  1. I agree with you that heaven and hell can mean different things to other people and are viewed as different things. Great post :).


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