Monster Energy Drink Makes the Devil Laugh?
Have you heard that Monster energy drinks make the devil laugh ? So says a viral video in which a simple soul instructs the public that the Monster logo looks like the Hebrew letter vav (equivalent to the number 6) chained together thrice. Yes, says the woman in the video, the logo on the can actually translates to 666, the Number of the Beast.
Let's forget for a moment that 666 is not merely three sixes chained together, but 600 + 60 + 6 (and therefore mem + samek + vav, which would look a whole lot different from the Monster “m!”) We can even forget the fact that radical fundamentalists have already tried to make the same claim about the World Wide Web – and similarly dubious claims about Santa being an alias for the devil . . .
Let's even forget that if anything is diabolical about a product like the Monster BFC, it's the amount of caffeine in a 32 oz can – and the fact that it's more than three times the recommended caffeine intake for the teens at whom this product is marketed.
What really offends me is when the woman in the video says this: “ And what is witchcraft? When the cross goes upside down. Bottoms up! And the Devil laughs. ”
OK lady, let's get a few things straight here!
The cross is one of the most ancient symbols known to humankind. Probably the only symbol older is a circle.
While many of the ancient crosses are equal-armed, unlike the cross of the crucifixion, even that cross predates Christianity . The 2013 discovery of a cross-shaped building at Tell Khaiber indicates that this cross predates even Abraham himself.
Contemporary Pagans use a variety of symbols that relate to our various religious paths. In contemporary Witchcraft or Wicca the most commonly used symbol is the pentagram, a five-pointed star that symbolizes our relationship with creation We have no need to co-opt a symbol that has significance for Christians, and no desire to offend another faith by reversing one of its most sacred icons.
If I needed a reason to be put off Monster energy drinks – and trust me, just the smell of those vile things is enough to make me contemplate eating century eggs instead – it wouldn't be some trumped up association with a devil whose real job is supposed to be tempting and testing humanity. If anything, that's about the only reason this imagined Satanic link to the beverage makes any sense at all!
This viral video and the woman featured in it, stand as one of the very best examples of how just a little bit of knowledge can make someone dangerous. Somebody get this lady a tinfoil hat! And a referral to a good rabbi . . .
This is my Video category entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge .
Image credit: Public domain
Image Credit » http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_666.svg (public domain)