“If I Were the Devil”

The following is a collation of an essay read by Paul Harvey some years back. There was a version read over the air that differed and added to written copies I’ve read before, so I took it, combined the two in a manner that seemed best to me, and submitted it to this site around eight years ago. I’ve seen it written differently in different places, but I used as a base a tape-recorded reading by Mr. Harvey himself and a written copy printed in an old hymnbook.

I recently rediscovered it on my old computer, and I felt it was worth a repost here, but not only as a blog post but as a separate article on So here it is! You’ll also find it on the sidebar listed under “Pages”.

It’s pretty scary how much of this has come true since its original writing.


This on-again, off-again, would-be commentator proves that attitudes are contagious, and that some can even kill. To this end, every written word is weighed carefully to ensure the precise delivery of the author's intent while inflicting blunt force trauma to the psyche of the reader.

One thought on ““If I Were the Devil”

  • That’s outright disturbing how much of that has and is coming to pass. It makes me wonder if there’s any turning back or digging in the heels so that, if nothing else, we don’t slip any further. Hopefully there’s more to “the rest of the story”. :\

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