Not exactly. I actually believe what Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote in Leftism Revisited: every square inch of this world is continually being claimed and reclaimed by God and Satan. By good and evil. By the constructive and destructive.
Again, it’s the archetype of the horror story – God attacked by Satan in an attempt to overthrow Him; good attacked by evil, order attacked by chaos. Always in an attempt to overthrow.
I've also been amused by the Biblical descriptions of Satan, such as when God asks Satan where he has been, and he answers "walking to and fro up and down the earth." And I’m sure having a damned good time doing it (for the weak-minded there is something enthralling about evil – it makes them feel powerful and important, as a cover for their cowardice and insecurity).
Martin Luther also quite correctly called the earth "the Devil's Inn."
And then of course there's the scene where the Devil offers Jesus power over "all the kingdoms" of the world" and he says, "Nope." Which means politics is of the Devil, which means politics can't solve anything because of the human race's Original Stupidity and instead usually makes thing worse. Sometimes, a lot worse. A lot, lot worse.
Because of this Original Stupidity and the fact Satan is always "walking to and fro up and down the earth" – that’s the reason wars will never stop. They will also never solve anything. After all, how can Satan throw out Satan?
I actually don't believe in any Devil "out there." I've only seen "evil" in the human heart - and there's plenty of it, enough to go all around the world. And around and around and around.
That arrogant weakling Dubya Shrub (who, like the other cowards in his administration, avoided Vietnam – Dickless Cheney, who took a bunch of deferments, said he had “other priorities” - even though they were the perfect age to serve), who had everything given to him and still failed at all of it, said Jesus was his "favorite philosopher," and also claimed that God had chosen him to be President (he also said he should be dictator). That's blasphemy, which is why Dubya was in thrall to Satan. The Satan in his own twisted, cowardly, murder-loving, alcoholic, cocaine-addled heart, which is why he started unnecessary two wars that led to the maiming and deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Wars that are still going after 15 years.
And I’m sure he enjoyed it immensely. It certainly raised this loser’s “self-esteem” - power! domination! control! grandiosity! - he ultimately sacrificed all those people to his own narcissistic self. Which are exactly the motivations of all serial killers.
Speaking of serial killers, I also ran across the “walking and fro up and down the earth” description in Thomas Harris novel, The Silence of the Lambs, in which the FBI agent hunting serial killer Hannibal Lecter says bitterly, “Doctor Lecter has to have his fun.”
Shrub was doing Satan's work, not God's. And I'm sure Dubya had a great time, just the way rapist/sexual predator/pervert Bill Clinton said he had "a great time" being President. And I’m sure a big dud like Barak Obama would have loved to run a third time (thank God it’s not allowed, although he would have lost to Trump) – the power and attention is just too alluring (look at the way the Bush Crime Family will not shut up about Donald Trump, who exposed and destroyed them for the weak-minded leftist RINO fools they are. And in their weakness and powerlessness they can’t tolerate criticism from someone more powerful and more successful and better than they are, so in their envy of him they want to bring him down – especially after he utterly destroyed the inept Jeb!).
Power will do that to weaklings. They become intoxicated by it - power intoxicates and immunity corrupts.
Everyone seeks meaning and importance is their life. For the weak that can mean starting wars to prove their manhood, which is what the catastrophic LBJ did in Vietnam (he said he was afraid his critics would call him “chicken.” Whether or not this was before he pulled out his dick and said “This is why!” I don’t know.). Chris Hedges wrote a book, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Again, meaning, importance and community.
Shrub did something spectacular but evil. But then, the evil, who have no conscience, always want to do something grandiose and spectacular, no matter how bad (which they always rationalize).
Every philosopher, every theologian, every thoughtful person, has located the problem in the person. The Greeks called it "Hubris," which they thought led to a kind of insanity which leads to Nemesis. The Bible calls it "Pride," meaning vainglory, which leads to destruction.
All these people have the characteristics of thinking they are godlike and beyond reproach or conscience or repentance.
St. Augustine, before he became a Christian, was a Manichee – there were two gods: a good one and an evil one. In some ways Christianity almost believes in the same thing, except Satan is beneath God and not coequal with him – which is an infinite distance.
I've mentioned before my favorite one is the definition Russell Kirk used to explain the source of all evil: "the Monstrous Self" – an envious self without love or remorse or guilt or gratitude, just the desire for attention and the power to conquer and destroy. And always for personal reasons…like saying God chose you to be President.
You can't get rid of the Monstrous Self with a club. In fact people who continually wield that club become ensorcelled by their own Monstrous Self, which has happened to the entire Bush Crime Family, not to mention Hillary Clinton (whom the childish Dubya foolishly and stupidly said he considered "his sister").
Dostoevsky said it best: "Tyranny...finally develops into a disease. The habit can...coarsen the very best man to the level of a beast. Blood and power intoxicate...the return to human dignity, to repentance, to regeneration, becomes almost impossible."
"Repentance." That means to change your mind and heart, which Jesus said was the only cure. Nothing about using a club on innocent people, which leads to resentment and hate and the desire for revenge.
Humiliating people almost always – for all practical purpose, always – leads to the sometimes obsessive desire for revenge.
It never ends.
As Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote: "So it goes." And on and on and on, to and fro up and down the earth.