Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea Part Two

The first part of this article favored the naughty and notorious Mr. Devil. But one should never forget that devil clings very firmly to his votaries and has an unusually powerful record of gripping his disciples forever. Therefore, people of character and conviction refrain from treading the path of yielding to a temptation and firmly avoid all compromise with the devil.

Mental and spiritual agony is harder to bear than physical discomfort. A conscience at peace, a personality developing expanding, and reaching outwards to greater heights are the best assets of human beings. There is no sacrifice worse than the sacrifice of self-respect and character. Once the personality starts slipping downwards, it is very difficult to avoid the abyss. The ruin of one’s soul is sure. Without entering into a theological discussion, the choice which is spiritually and ethically right is the choice to be preferred. Suffering, hardship, ridicule, discredit and even death, if all these things are undergone for upholding  truth, justice, and honor, for defending self respect and defeating evil, it is not a loss but a priceless gain to the personality.
A strong, developed personality is capable of climbing miraculous heights. It is better to drown physically with one’s soul and character intact than to burn in hell fire forever. The deep sea, hence, is preferable to the devil.

The following unforgettable lines from Shakespeare’s Othello show the incalculable value and importance of a clean reputation and honor:-

 “Good name in man and woman, dear my Lord,
  Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
  Who steals my purse steals trash; ‘tis something nothing;’
 ‘Twas mine,’ tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
  But he that filches from me my good name
  Robs me of that which not enriches him
  And makes me poor indeed.