:: Hands Tracer the funny nose glasses ::
Heaven forbid (unintentional pun, I swear) I try and take this one on without making a joke and bail, I will attempt to answer the question. No, not from personal experience…
I will assume that the “Hell” we are discussing is thee Christian version; In fact, I don’t know if the word itself would be in any other faith - someone edify me my ignorance if need be.
From talking to Christians, their interpretation of hell runs the gambut. All are “unpleasant,” however.
The most lenient version of the place is simply described as being in a place devoid of God. Since we have many atheists who feel that’s what we got right here on earth, this is not quite the deterance that the firey pit that others claim it is would be. However, ask a believer - even someone as liberal as Polycarp - how they would like to spend eternity without God, and watch a person crumble.
That said, the torturous visions of Dante, Chick Tracts and old school Catholicism (Carlin: “Hell is fire, and we can all dig fire.”) certainly shows a placve that NOBODY would want to subject themselves too.
On a related note, Christians also debate and have different ideas over exactly the power that Satan (the real one; I have no power) has. Interestingly enough, this does not correlate to the visions of Hades that often from what I have heard.
But, you know, ultimately, Hell is what you make of it. Telling someone wwho doesn’t believe in the place that that is where they are headed doesn’t do much, and believers are secure in the knowledge that they would NEVER go there, because they believe.
As such, I imagine Hell is pretty empty…
(And, okay, I lied… I WILL tell a joke, thank you…)
Satan goes up to a new arrival who looks really depressed. He says, “Hey man, what’s wrong?”
“Well, I’m in hell,” he responds despondantly.
“Hey, it’s not so bad!” Satan intones. “You like drinking?”
“Well, I could knock a few down in my time,” he replies.
“Well, you’ll LOVE Mondays,” Satan enthuses. “We all drink, anything from hard liquor to fancy microbrews - we brew our own, of course. And you’re dead - No hangovers! You like drugs?”
The guy replies, “Well, I did my share…”
“Oh, you will LOVE Tuesdays! We do all of the drugs you can think of. Smack, coke, crack, pills, hash, and you can’t OD because you’re already dead! How about gambling?”
The guy nods his head and smiles.
"Wow, man, Wednesdays are for you! We have roulette, blackjack, poker, just about any game you can imagine! Are you gay?
“No,” he replies.
“Ooh,” says the devil. “You’re gonna hate Thursdays…”
*TIME ELAPSED SINCE I QUIT SMOKING:
Six months, one week, four days, 1 hour, 34 minutes and 5 seconds.
7762 cigarettes not smoked, saving $970.33.
Extra time with Drain Bead: 3 weeks, 5 days, 22 hours, 50 minutes.
I slept with a REPUBLICAN moderator!*