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A Kind Of Hell:The Available Alternatives
By Peter E Adotey Addo   

Last edited: Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

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The furure as we learn here is always open to possibilities

A KIND OF HELL: THE AVAILABLE ALTERNATIVES

With great curiosity many of my students have on several occasions asked me to describe hell to them. Sometimes I really wonder whether there could be any hell worse than simply being completely undisturbed. I believe that life is deadly with boredom when there is neither risk nor discomfort in it.
There are many in society who reject the idea of hell and go as far as to deny its existence. But is hell real or is it a place of fire and brimstone or perhaps a state of being? Most people try to avoid any discussion of hell perhaps because they are afraid of offending others. But generations of religious people have believed that hell is real as a place of torment and gnashing of teeth
A cartoon I saw recently pictured a woman in a bookstore saying to a clerk as she perused a book.” I’d like to be moved, but not upset.”
Living such undisturbed life in my view causes us to ignore life’s available alternatives. This borders on a kind of laziness, indecision, and apathy which in turn creates hell - a sameness that lasts forever.
Life to me is for venturing, and that means taking and using the available alternatives plus all the risks involved for the sake of something worthy and good. There is no other road I see to inner satisfaction except that which leads by way of discontent with the way things are.

GRACIOUS LORD, GRANT US YOUR DIVINE DISCONTENT WITH THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE AND .SAVE US FROM THE COMPLACENCY OF THOSE TOO BLIND TO SEE LIFE’S ALTERNATIVES WE PRAY.
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Reviewed by Cheryl Gittens-Jones 9/29/2002
you are a very wise man. Thought provoking article. C
Reviewed by Cheryl Gittens-Jones 3/2/2002
Good work!

Hell comes in handy sometimes.
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 2/4/2002
While I don't agree with your statement entirely -- if complacency stems from quiet satisfaction with things as they are, or even from acceptance of life as it is, it is not hell to that person -- I give you a ten for a valid point: complacency where action would be better could be called 'hellish'...

Want to debate? :)

Gina
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 1/30/2002
Yes, I agree with J. Michaels Kearney this is a very interesting perspective!
Victoria
Reviewed by J Michael Kearney 1/29/2002
A very interesting perspective, though it says nothing of morality...a life of crime is also frought with risk and its certainly not boring. /// Fine writing.
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 1/29/2002
Fantastic, every one should read this...

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