Selling Your Soul to the Devil.!

There are many who sell their soul!
They sell pure thoughts, their honesty, their beliefs in exchange for a favour, which reminds me of the legendary Dr Faust who in Goethe’s classic, sold his soul to the devil: Faust is bored and depressed with his life as a scholar. After an attempt to take his own life, he calls on the Devil for further knowledge and magic powers with which to indulge all the pleasure and knowledge of the world. In response, the Devil makes a bargain with Faust: He will serve Faust with his magic powers for a set number of years, but at the end of the term, he will claim Faust’s soul, and Faust will be eternally enslaved!
Sounds terrible isn’t it? But many of us do just the same: I have seen good straightforward, honest men and women suddenly supporting a dishonest fellow, and find myself startled, before realizing a school admission done by the dishonest fellow has done the trick. A little later after their housing society redevelopment, he finds that he has been cheated off a bigger flat, “How did this happen?” I ask.
“He was so enamoured by the school admission, that he was blinded to everything else that man did!” says his distraught wife.
Or it could be the famous casting couch, and other promiscuous favours for a promotion.
Beware of those who expect your soul for a favour done!
Let there be gratitude towards that person but not a ‘selling of your soul!’
How do you not sell your soul?
By not accepting favours from those who expect you to do so, and like the devil, there are legions who want to buy your soul!
Sometimes you have one devil who buys many souls and with that controls many irregularities and cover ups. I see this often in housing societies, where one influential person, gives jobs to many in his complex and finally gets away with a host of illegal allowances!
You have two options, either, not accepting a favour or making it clear at the beginning that your soul is not for sale, that you will be grateful, but will not compromise on the right and the wrong!
That’s a toughie if ever there is one, but by doing so you will gain the respect ultimately of everyone.
I would say the same of the one who does the favour: Have the integrity not to expect favours in return. Help people without grabbing their souls!
This happens not just with individuals, but with political parties too; communal politics is nothing but this, buying your soul in the name of religion, and then getting away with murder!
Don’t be a Dr Faust, be a person, who keeps his soul for himself and ultimately for God..!

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6 thoughts on “Selling Your Soul to the Devil.!”

  1. This is such an apt article Bobby especially in today’s world. Favours accepted, favours done for gain. That’s the kind of world we’re living in. The hindi Word is mathlabis

  2. Integrity today is in name only, extremely difficult to find in a person.
    To exist in today’s society, integrity has to take a back seat.

  3. British scholar Robert Burton once said:

    “Worldly wealth is the Devil’s bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.*

  4. Integrity is the essence of everything successful, then success is built on creating linkages in yourself and between you and others.

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