Is it Good to Be Bad?

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"Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble" sang the witches of Macbeth, but what is the mantra of the anti-Christ? Imagine knights in armor covered with shit, fighting for a world in which everyone has the right to fuck each over with impunity and we all recite the Devil's rather than Lord's Prayer at meetings of our covens. Our Father Who Art in Heaven, not hallowed be thy name. My kingdom come, my will be done on earth as it is in hell. Give us this day everything we want and fuck our trespasses. For mine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen. However blunt, does this not sound a little closer to home? Com'on do we really think that there are knights in shining armor, doing something for nothing? And what about the ego of all the proselytizers of selflessness? Where are the Gandhis of today and did they ever exist? Read for instance, "Thrill of the chaste: the truth about Ghandi's sex life, " The Independent, 1/1/12). Boys will be boys and Gandhi might have slept with young girls to test his willpower, but he still slept next to them. And what about those rumors that Mother Teresa was a bitch and that Pope Francis is just a good salesman, out to get new customers for his brand? Goodness is always a reliable sales pitch. Certainly Francis wasn't going to increase his base by offering up more punishment for sinners. Let's say we're all thieves and crooks like Pinkie in Graham Greene's Brighton Rock or Alex in A Clockwork Orange. We'll have are cards on the table. They'll be no surprises and perhaps the honor amongst thieves who have nothing hide is more reliable than that amongst the seemingly honorable, the equivocators who, by definition, because they're human, are condemned to live double lives.

{This was originally posted to The Screaming Pope, Francis Levy's blog of rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture}

Antichrist and the Devil from the Deeds of the Antichrist fresco by Luca Signorelli