Sure, I’ll Sell My Soul But It Ain’t Gonna Be Cheap!

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An aspiring writer Jabez Stone accidentally kills a woman with a typing machine. The Devil steps in and makes good while taking Stone’s soul for riches. But, is Stone happy in his magical world ?

I was watching Shortcut to Happiness the other day starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins [2003 – Comedy/Drama] and how they listed this as a comedy confused me a little because it wasn’t that funny. It wasn’t NOT funny, but it wasn’t fall around on the floor gasping for breath funny either. It’s a hard genre to make really funny … not because of the topic which is basically about ‘selling your soul for success’ … but because l have watched over the years a lot of this style of film and l can’t remember the really funny ones. There are a few l know of at the top of my head that you might know as well though, not all are listed as comedy …

Devil’s Advocate, Ghost Rider, Bedazzled, Bruce Almighty, Starry Eyes, Constantine, Beat the Devil, Deal with the Devil [The Tempter] – to name but a few that l have sat and watched with a bemused interest over the last twenty years or so.

They always make me think ‘How far would someone really go to achieve success, fame, riches, reputation?’ How far would you go? Would l sell my soul to the Devil? Would l, me, you, we or they or anyone want to if it could be done, strike up a contract with the Devil and trade off their soul for total success?

People have sold all sorts of things for money right? I mean, what’s the difference for instance between donating blood for the betterment of another person or donating an organ that you – let’s be honest could probably keep for your own health anyway – l mean if it’s just a donation – a freebie to give away, what’s to say that seeing as you don’t use your soul everyday – why can’t you trade it off to improve your current lifestyle maybe?

However … the question isn’t about trading and opening up a twenty year contract with The Big D before lights out – this is a light hearted question in three parts and it is ……

If you were going to sell your soul …. 1] who would you sell it to and what selling medium would you use [asking for a friend], 2] how would you go about valuing your soul and what do you think it’s worth and 3] if you were to sell what would be your reason?

Sure, I’ll Sell My Soul But It Ain’t Gonna Be Cheap!

Let me know your thoughts below. Cheers.

23 thoughts on “Sure, I’ll Sell My Soul But It Ain’t Gonna Be Cheap!

  1. If you were going to sell your soul ….
    1] who would you sell it to and what selling medium would you use [asking for a friend]? I know this is meant in a light-hearted silly way, but honestly? There’s no way I’d ever do that. I do suspect my soul is priceless though. Something of such great value my tiny human mind can’t even begin to grasp the worth.
    2] how would you go about valuing your soul and what do you think it’s worth? I suppose I’d find a soul evaluator and get their opinion. See above for the worth in my opinion.
    3] if you were to sell what would be your reason? The usual trivial and small reasons people sell such an item…money, fame, long life (that last one isn’t something I want though).

    It never turns out well for the person doing the selling. The buyer has hidden agendas and there’s all that fine print (that the seller of course doesn’t read carefully) and to me? It’s never ever gonna be worth what I’d get in this reality.

    Interesting questions Rory. You do think them up! Have a really great day!

    1. Hey Melanie, you are always welcome .. interesting point – if you know your soul to be priceless which is an interesting comment by itself, how could a soul evaluator help value your soul?

      1. I maintain that the soul is priceless. By that I mean one couldn’t value it by human parameters if that makes sense? BUT. If one wanted their soul value, they might hire someone (soul evaluator) who could do that for them, and perhaps put the worth into some sort of value system. I wouldn’t believe anyone claiming to be able to do that, but I bet there are those out there who would.

        1. It’s funny l had a conversation with someone many years ago, that principally suggested in the unreal world of harvesting your body parts personally, your body could be worth in excess 10’s of millions yet, in the real world a good condition dead body is much more likely to be valued around the half million – 1 million mark. But that’s a dead body and in excellent condition …

          If one was to then calculate the body in the black market and live, how much is that worth? How much is a life worth in government eyes? Between 9-11 million dollars and whatever that is worth in other currencies.

          The government don’t place a value on the soul as that is non profitable and place the soul down to the personal belief system only.

          So governments tend to place a statistical value on a person by their salaries, their savings, their properties … it was quite a fascinating discussion πŸ™‚

  2. I sold my soul to the devil in high school. I played Jabez Stone in the Devil and Daniel Webster. I also played Judas Iscariot in the Easter Passion Play. I now wonder what is says about me that I was cast in those two roles

      1. We did not read for specific parts but were chosen by people who knew us. The Passion Play was a city wide production by all the Catholic schools. I actually got my picture in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer with Jesus. The Twilight Zone music: Jesus was the boyfriend of my eventual wife (she went to a different school). I guess good girls do like bad guys.

  3. I don’t want any of the things people would sell their souls for. I don’t want riches or fame.
    I don’t know how I could separate my soul to sell it. My soul is who I am.

    I’m trying to answer in the spirit of the question but… πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  4. Day after day I’m more confused
    But I look for the light through the pouring rain
    You know that’s a game that I hate to lose
    Oh I’m feeling strange, ain’t it ashame

    Ohh give me the beat boys and free my soul
    I wanna get lost in your rock n’ roll
    And drift away
    Give me the beat boys and free my soul
    I wanna get lost in your rock n’ roll
    And drift away…

    I Wanna Get Lost In Your Rock N’ Roll Lyrics – Bob Seger

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