Re-Write by Laleh Chini:
A curious student had so many questions about Hades.
He had heard so many explanations and examples of hell, all of which he was sharing with a great wise man that he trusted a lot: “Do you think the dwellers of hell are boiled or burnt?
I heard there are lots of firewood everywhere; hell-guards are walking around with long torches, ready to light a new fire and continuously feed it with firewood so that it never stops from burning.
Sparkling red coal is scattered all around as remnants of prolonged burning wood.”
The great wise man cried after hearing what the student had believed of hell. He wanted to teach his students the truth about hell in the best way that he could think of: “That is very great. Please go to the hell and bring backlit coal so we could heat up our cold stove with it.”
The student walked for a while to get to hell and after a long time came back to his teacher empty-handed.
The wise man asked: “Did you find hell?”
The student said: “Yes, I did.”
The wise man asked surprisingly: “So where is the burning coal?”
And the student said: “I got to hell and searched a lot, but there wasn’t any fire, coal, nor firewood. There was not even a thing to light the fire with. No one was walking around with torches to set any fire! No boiling water nor flame.”
The wise man asked: “Then what did you see in hell?”
The student said: “Everyone was burning from the fire within their conscience.”
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