Once upon a time, according to my husband, when he was about 12, he saw a cartoon or movie in which Mark Twain takes a series of kids through time and space in a magical steam engine.
Years later, he found a clip of this Sunday morning adventure on YouTube and was forced to revel in its magnificence. In particular, this claymation cartoon features Mark Twain taking the kiddies to visit Satan, an angel (my question was where in time and space was the angel? Another planet?). Hubby forced me to watch the surrealness that was this epic and I have to agree, this episode, loosely (very loosely) based on the Mark Twain unfinished novella The Mysterious Stranger (in which Satan visits some guy in Austria) features a mash-up of surreal- someone must have been on acid – blow your mind philosophy and caused the cartoon to get banned.
The philosophically inclined will notice that in this cartoons the author implies that everything is an illusion created by the insanely bored deity (Mark Twain?). Those of you who have taken Old Testament Studies will also recall that the word Satan is more of a descriptor of a function (rather than name of a particular angel) which literally means “adversary” (the function of the Satan was to challenge God).
I bid you adieu, leaving you with the final paragraphs of chapter 11 of the Mysterious Stranger where Satan reveals a truth to the narrator of the story:
“It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream–a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought–a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!”
He vanished, and left me appalled; for I knew, and realized, that all he had said was true.