Hell (Iceland VIII)

After Plato had the brilliant idea to use a hypothetical reward system in an equally hypothetical afterlife as the ethical foundation of a functioning society, it didn’t take long until picturesque ideas about how the rewards might look like started to spread.

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Unsurprisingly, the focus was not so much on positive rewards like eternal bliss, but rather on the peculiarities of punishments.

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The Seltún Geothermal Area near Reykjavik provides at least the mandatory ambience of heat and stench.

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There are even indications of horned minions ready to pull you under. Clearly, the ground is treacherous here.

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Why is it that we take delight in all this unpleasantness?

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