The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he never existed.
In fact, you probably make an honest attempt to do the right thing most days, right? You would never knowingly dance with the Devil and support his evil plan for humanity if you knew he was in your midst, would you?
Of course not.
But I Am A Good Person, Aren’t I?
So there you are cruising around the blogosphere.
You’re following your favorite bloggers and want to show your appreciation for a great blog post by commenting to the author and telling her how much you appreciate her work.
You spend some time composing a really thoughtful comment. Maybe you’re hoping to connect with this blogger in a meaningful way.
The quality of your comment matters too because you know other readers will be seeing it and maybe you would like the author and her readers to notice that you have meaningful ideas to contribute to the conversation.
So you proof your comment one last time until you’re completely satisfied and ready to post it. Then you fill in your details: name, email, website. All very innocent, right?
You hit Submit and that’s when it happens…(cue scary music).
Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself
There before your very eyes stands the Devil himself. Staring back at you from the page with a sinister grin.
(Oh, the horror…the horror.)
Only you can’t see him, can you?
You might be thinking about now, ‘What’s this guy on about? What Devil? I thought I just posted my comment?’
You did…well, almost.
You just have this one last step to complete.
Just fill in that CAPTCHA form and you’re good to go.
It’s just a security precaution, really. No big deal. They just want to make sure you’re a real human being and not an evil spammer bot. Fair enough. Just fill in the sequence of letters and/or numbers you see in the box and hit Submit. Simple enough, right?
What’s that, you say?
Can’t seem to figure out if that’s a W or two U’s? Or is it a warbly M and an N stuck together? Hang on, is that an I or an L?? An E or a twisted 3??? Oh, for Christ sake!!! Really!?? I can’t believe this bullshit!!!
Is It Getting Warmer In Here Or Is It Just Me?
Ah, did I hear you cursing? Yes, yes, my child. That’s perfect. The plan is working. Soon you’ll be mine. All mine. Yes, yessssss…
Then you cross your fingers and hit Submit when a new CAPTCHA sequence appears. Sorry. Try again. ‘Ahhhhhhhgggh!!!’
It’s insideous, how this satanic little widget so quietly gnaws away at our patience to the point where we finally just throw up our hands in frustration and close the window.
To hell with that comment!
Yes, that’s exactly where He wants us all to end up.
So here we are folks. It’s 2013 and our technology has advanced to the point where we have to place our digital properties on lockdown.
So paranoid are we about these diabolical little digital parasites tirelessly crawling the web in search of another website to infiltrate and spam. So we’ve developed this sophisticated software to counter their relentless attack.
Software so sophisticated, in fact, that it often baffles the human beings who have to interact with it.
What does that say about us?
Are we really living in the Matrix when the Centinals we created to do the dirty work we no longer wanted to bother with have rebelled and gone over to the other side? They’ve gotten so smart that they’ve surpassed our simple little minds and can anticipate our every move? Science fiction has become science fact?
Of course, some people skate through His CAPTCHA gates without a hitch. He needs that to happen in the same way a casino needs the occasional jackpot winners to keep the patrons returning so they can take their earnings back the next time.
The house always wins in the long run and the Devil is very patient. He has eternity to carry out his master plan.
But you and I, we only have this short little life.
And the company you keep in this life may well determine who you’ll be spending that eternity with.
So whether you’re on the business end looking for computer security and someone to police your digital property from evil bots, know that you do have other choices. Software made by mortals with a true wish to help their fellow man.
Or if you’re a user who encounters this deceptively clean cut looking cyber security guard, standing there at the gate to the portal you wish to enter. Take heed of this advice, my friend.
The next time that CAPTCHA window shows up on your digital doorstep, stay strong. Even if you mess up his evil little quiz. Look him in the eye and show no fear. He preys on the weak. He’ll steal your soul if you’re not careful.
This may sound like a joke to you but I assure you it’s no laughing matter. You must remember who you’re dealing with here. For much is being held in the balance.
If you’ve been a victim of this hideous crime, please don’t stay silent. You don’t have to be ashamed and you don’t have to bear this burden alone. For that’s how He wins. By isolating us in our shame.
You Are Not Alone
Together we can defeat Him. We can tell Him to go back to Hell and take his sinister little snippet of code with him.
For the good of humanity.
Please, confess your sins and share your CAPTCHA experience.
There’s still time to save your the soul.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.