|A Bulgarian depiction of Hell.|
I found last week's Economist article Hell: Into everlasting fire an interesting multicultural and historical overview of the quintessential place that you do not want to be (5AM at the local Walmart on Black Friday is, of course, is a close second). The Economist has a particular style to its articles. A vast majority of them adhere to the Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears speech made by Marc Antony in Julius Caesar. Mr Antony starts on on how he has come to bury Caesar, not praise him. Of course, that is what he ends up doing. The Economist article starts along a similar line of reasoning stating that Hell is to many an antiquated relic -- The devils and pitchforks, the brimstone clouds and wailing souls, have been cleared away, rather as a mad aunt might be shut up in the attic.