I’ve never really been able to put together any kind of coherent (to me) concept of Hell. If Sisyphus decides to just blow off pushing that rock up the hill, what are the powers that be going to do? Poke him? Poke him where? Afterall, isn’t he sans body (How does he get a grip on the rock?)?
Or maybe the idea is that you do occupy some sort of body just so you can be tortured. It seems to me that after awhile, if the poking and burning, etc., can’t kill you, you’d just get used to it.
Even if you had to endlessly watch Kris Kristoferson (sp?) movies, you’d probably just wind up getting into 'em.
This is leading me to think that without any physical threat, the powers that be have little leverage over the Damned. Civil insurrection in the streets of Hell - if it hasn’t happened yet, wait’ll I get there!