A speech broadcast on April 3, 1965 by Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009).
Legendary Paul Harvey was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. From the 1950s through the 1990s, his programs reached as many as 24 million people a week and Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers; he also authored seven books.
If I were the Devil… If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. Thee!
So I’d set about, however necessary, to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”
To the young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is square. And the old I would teach to pray after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington…”
And then I’d get organized, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves, until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions – just let those run wild! Until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing; I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse and then from the Houses of Congress.
And in his own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money.
If I were the devil I would make the symbol of the Easter, an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle.
If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and give to those who want it, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole States to promote gambling as their way to get rich?
I would caution against extremes: in hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convice the young that marriage is old-fashioned. That swinging is more fun. That what you see on TV is the way to be, and thus I could undress you in public and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is not cure.
In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.
Paul Harvey, Good Day.
Transcription by Osho News