So conscious fraud and trenchery.... interesting if you think about it. The other levels are a myriad of bad human behavior like murder but deep in hell and in Dante's mind this was worse.
Bolgia 1: Panderers and seducers march in separate lines in opposite directions, whipped by demons Just as the panderers and seducers used the passions of others to drive them to do their bidding, they are themselves driven by demons to march for all eternity.
Pandering: is the act of expressing one's views in accordance with the likes of a group to which one is attempting to appeal.
In cancer world we really don't get much of this, at least at Seattle Children's. We do see the adds for places that are almost guaranteeing a cure but they must have anti-pandering classes all the time for everyone. As parents we have a list of stuff we want to hear. We want to hear only about unicorns and rainbows and that there was a mistake and it is all over.
We do a fair amount of "Self-Pandering" . We often don't want to hear the truth and we do what we can to make sure we only hear the things we want to hear. She will be okay, she will have a long full life, she will be able to have children because 1% is really good.
Maybe there was a special level in Hell for panderers because as a group, we fall so easily for the good news.
Seduction is the process of deliberately enticing a person, to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; to corrupt.
I read this and laughed a bit inside. Oh are we easily seduced as a group. Just watch 2 minutes of commercials. Creams and pills and instant weight loss.
Our biggest fault is if we just follow the rules, inject poison and death ray our children, it will all be okay. Maybe just one more round, one more poison. Maybe if we just give it time, maybe if.....
We are all seduced into thinking it is going to be okay. Sometimes it is not.
I don't think there is any harm in hope and I believe in Unicorns