Question of the Week: What would you sell your soul for?

For blues musicians Tommy Johnson and Robert Johnson (no relation), it was the ability to play the guitar better than any man who came before them.  For Stanley Moon in the 1967 film Bedazzled, it was the love of a waitress in a Wimpy restaurant.  For Keanu Reeves it was the chance to work in a top law firm (not, as perhaps would have been wiser, a degree of acting ability).  And for Homer Simpson, it was a donut.  It seems we all have a price, and the Devil is a pretty shrewd negotiator.

Personally, I’d really test the fella, see how far he could go.  If I could sell my soul for, say, a guarantee that hell would stop being such a crappy place to spend eternity, I think that would be a decent deal.  You know, scatter a few cushions, stick in a pool table, get rid of all that fire and brimstone and gnashing of teeth, and Hades could really be a decent hang-out.  It’s essentially a bit of an eternal fixer-upper.  Plus, I can imagine I’d get some serious respect from the population of Hell for putting an end to their eternal damnation and torture, so that would really start me out on the right foot, socially-speaking.

So, with this in mind, what would you enter into a Faustian pact with the horned-one for?  What would you trade-in your immortal soul for?  And what impact might that have on your day to day life?

Leave your answers, as weird, wacky and wonderful as you like, below the fold.

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  1. #1 by Stoko - Pops on July 22, 2009 - 20:14

    Sorry, are you not even slightly sceptical of the existence of Beelzebub himself!

  2. #2 by Marsh on July 22, 2009 - 20:31

    Haha touché! Well let’s, for the sake of fun, pretend for a moment that he’s real. And perhaps he is Peter Cook in little round shades and black cloak. Done. Now what’s your answer?

  3. #3 by Colonel Molerat on July 22, 2009 - 21:39

    I’d ask, when it came, to die in style. REAL style.

  4. #4 by pete on July 22, 2009 - 22:03

    To live to see the end of the universe, nice table please not to close to the stage!

  5. #5 by Joe Btfsplk on July 22, 2009 - 22:08

    Having the house office cleaned and cleared out – I promised my wife that I would do that over a year ago and now the task seems too much to tackle. I have rather low expectations though.

  6. #6 by Robert Phillips on July 23, 2009 - 03:22

    If I sold half of my soul could I share homer’s wish? (that’s if its cool with him)

  7. #7 by Mike on July 23, 2009 - 10:43

    Can I only sell it once? Personally I’d sell it for a packet of peanuts, but if I could only do it once I suppose I’d better get as much as I can for it.

  8. #8 by Alan and Bob on July 23, 2009 - 14:05

    One might be as cunning in one’s dealing with the “Dark One” as that ‘entity’ might be with you.

    One would of course obtain the ‘goodies’ then refer the contact (pact) to a ‘universal court’ inasmuch as one does not possess one’s soul, therefeore it is a commodity that one can not sell or bargain with as one would not be the holder of the title in deed…

    Having done that and won, you could get the goodies as originally requested as a ‘compensation deal’ without the requirement of parting with something that you never possessed in the first place.

    May the force be with you 🙂
    Disclaimer: this is solely personal opinion and should not be taken as ‘Legal Advice’. Any such advice should be obtained from an appropriate source…heh, heh, heh


  9. #9 by Mike on July 23, 2009 - 14:20

    Sappy though it may appear, I’d take on the sins of the world. He can take it all out on me, if he leaves everyone else alone. I’d suffer, forgotten, in an eternity of torment to save the world. Why not?

    It’s more than Jesus ever did. Suffered and died for your sins? Hardly. One afternoon of torture and a couple of nights nailed to a tree. In return you get to be the omnipotent vice-ruler of the entire universe for all time. Sounds a bloody good deal for Jesus, if you ask me.

  10. #10 by Marsh on July 23, 2009 - 15:09

    Mike :

    Sappy though it may appear, I’d take on the sins of the world. He can take it all out on me, if he leaves everyone else alone. I’d suffer, forgotten, in an eternity of torment to save the world. Why not?

    Two words: Messiah. Complex.

  11. #11 by Mike on July 23, 2009 - 15:35

    Hey! It can’t be a messiah complex if I’m languishing forgotten… can it? Don’t people have to know the messiah?


  12. #12 by The Skepdick on July 23, 2009 - 19:57

    I would sell my soul for whatever the best price I could get for it. Caveat emtptor.

  13. #13 by MiddleMan on July 23, 2009 - 21:30

    Klondike Bar.

  14. #14 by Barbara on July 25, 2009 - 01:12

    Mike, that is really sweet of you, please go ed. Do you mean we don’t have to do anything… like repent? That would be brill. I’ll sign up as your disciple.

    Actually, I feel like I might be selling my soul in real life. I can’t get my dad in a decent home for respite but a christian home has offered! Oh yes! We didn’t have to lie (but I would have done) and yes the devil can have my soul and if necesary I’ll do whatever carnal acts he desires, if I can only have some respite.

    Sorry. I’m being too serious here.

    I’d sell my soul for a Crunchie Ice cream bar.

  15. #15 by The Skepdick on July 25, 2009 - 22:20

    I really can spell, even in Latin. I can’t type worth a damn.

  16. #16 by Colonel Molerat on July 26, 2009 - 19:35

    Hmmmm. I’d also consider selling my soul in exchange for being a tiny tiny bit better at guitar than Robert Johnson. That’d be a nice prank – would Mr Johnson get a refund?

  17. #17 by Andy on July 30, 2009 - 18:20

    Better than Robert Johnson as the result of a Faustian pact?

    I think you may be going too far there. And I’m not talking about Lucy!

    I would trade my soul for his job. Then fix everything.

  18. #18 by Damien King on February 23, 2012 - 18:01

    First off. I don’t get why people fear hell so much? You can only go there if you die. the only reason people fear torture is because they are scared they will die. So if we have already died and we are being tortured. Does it not seem redundant?

    I guess If I could have anything I wanted in Exchange for my soul. I would probably request ownership of hell iteself. True it is a bit of a fixerupper. But I am sure i can polish it up a bit. Etternity is a long time and i would like to have something to do while i wait. Maybe throw in an air conditioner. Make it a hotel and resort. We need a mascot. Any ideas?

  19. #19 by jake on June 12, 2013 - 00:05

    to be a demon so i could claim the souls just to see what its was like to be stronger for once

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