What's Up Wednesday-Vote Wisely

I received this old joke in my email in box today. While I don't think it makes a good joke, it does, in my humble opinion, make a good parable.

Heaven or Hell ?

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt 
Senator (that may be redundant) was tragically 
hit by a car and died.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter 
at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St.. Peter. "Before 
you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We 
seldom see a high official around these parts, 
you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the 
higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend 
one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you 
can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be 
in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the 
elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle 
of a green golf course.

In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in 
front of it are all his friends and other politicians 
who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. 
They run to greet him, shake his hand, and 
reminisce about the good times they had while 
getting rich at the expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then 
dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very 
friendly guy who is having a good time dancing 
and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before 
the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves 
while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens 
In heaven where
St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit 

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a 
group of contented souls moving from cloud to 
cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a 
good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours 
have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another 
in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: 
"Well, I would never have said it before, I mean 
heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he 
goes down, down, down to hell...

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in 
the middle of a barren land covered with waste 
and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking 
up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. 
"Yesterday I was here and there was a golf 
course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and 
caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had 
a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of 
garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and says,
"Yesterday we were campaigning,

Today, you voted.."

Vote wisely!

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