The Devil got a bad press. He was the good guy. He never got to tell his side of the story. In the greatest novel ever written the Bible he is presented as the seducer and destroyer when he was in reality the saviour of mankind.
God ordered Abraham to kill his own son. How satanic is that? The Devil on the other hand urged man to use his mind,reject the totalitarian deal of eternal security that God offered man in exchange for his soul in the form of blind obedience and mindless obesiance and passivity, living in Edenic sheltered accommodation for eternity - a veritable living hell of North Korean proportions.
Fortunately Adam listened to the Devil's wise counsel when he urged him to use his mind,to think, reason, gain knowledge achieve his own greatness and happiness.Man learned and studied,created a world of magical invention and ingenuity,he wrote books,accumulated knowledge and lived happily ever after.
Well, not quite... Although a great work of fiction the tragedy is that man fell for the hoax of the Bible and sought to follow God's counsel instead of the Devil's.We are living with the consequence of that to this day.
Man is forever looking for the next Fuhrer,The Donald, the Bernie, the Pope,the King or Queen,the EU, the UN, Nato ,some authoritarian guide to take the place vacated by his mind and reason. The dire consequences are all around us as we tip toe once more towards totalitarianism.