House of Cards

It's ironic that it was only after people thought up the concept of God that we may have ever started treating each other like the devil.

If you watch House of Cards, what is interesting to notice is how Francis and Claire Underwood are like Adam and Eve, with America being a "garden of Eden" compared to much of the world, and the apple that dangles before them is power; power to hold central control over the Garden of Earth, which was the same power that Satan tempted Christ with in the desert; power to shape perceptions, especially your own, so you can act "like God," by acting like Satan to ensure people "believe" you're their Savior.

Or as Shakespeare put in in Hamlet, "And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ/And seem a saint when most I play the devil."

As such, given the amount of murder and lies that they are willing to engage in, we can also think of the Underwood's as the personification of pure evil. It's easy to look at Francis Underwood and see Damien Thorn, for example. And all for the purpose of obtaining and maintaining power. 

Yet we can also see the Underwood's as personifications of the Catholic Church, since the Church has similarly engaged murders and lies t obtain and maintain power, as has God himself, according to the Old Testament.

In short, power is power, and whether it is God or the devil, or even earthly principalities, the results are always the same. 

 


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