HEAVEN AND HELL
While walking down the street one day a corrupt Senator
hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle
in, it seems
there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around
you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator..
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher
ups. What we'll
do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven.
Then you can
choose where to spend eternity."
"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,"
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and
he goes down,
down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a
course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in
front of it are
all his friends and other politicians who had worked
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to
shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they
getting rich at the expense of the people.
They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on
and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly
guy who is
having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the
it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in
Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of
moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and
singing. They have a
good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have
gone by and St.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in
choose your eternity."
The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers:
"Well, I would
never have said it before, I mean heaven has been
delightful, but I
think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes
down, down, down
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the
middle of a barren
land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his
in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black
bags as more
trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I
was here and
there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate
lobster and caviar,
drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now
there's just a
wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
The devil smiles at him and says,
"Yesterday we were campaigning ...
Today, you voted.."
wisely on November 2, 2010
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