The land of no smiles

It only took them 5 minutes. They placed the black candles, they draw the pentacle with chalk, they said the words from the Big Black Book and that was it. The demon offered the best solution to their problems. And the best part was that he didn’t ask for their souls in return. He only wanted their smiles. Just that.
- We will not burn in Hell?
- No.
- No eternal damnation or pools with fire?
- No.
- No barrels with boiling water, no tridents, no torturing at all?
- No.
- AND we go to Heavens?
- Yes.
- It sounds too good to be true.
- We only have to stop smiling?
- Yes.
- Laughs too, I guess…
- Yes.
- Not even the faintest smile?
- No.
- And what about jokes? I mean I can’t help it if I hear a good joke.
- I’ll make sure you won’t.
- Sounds fair to me.
- Me too. If we get to live in paradise on Earth, I’m in.
- Count me in too. I mean, if we won’t have to search for jobs and everything we need is for free like food, houses or clothes, then our troubles are over.
- Everything for free, imagine that!
- I’m so hungry right now that I would give my soul too.
- So, we all agree. Equality and everything for free in a carefree place! I only wonder how we can prevent smiles…
- You can leave that to me…
- Perfect! It’s a deal then, where do we sign?

Inspired by: North Korea -The land of no smiles and The Colour of Silence in the Axis of Evil

More info: Country profile – North Korea



Living in Dystopia and having to face plain skinned reality is not something you are born with, you don’t choose it. Snow White would definitely prefer Disneyland, Hollywood or even Bollywood but she soon found out that ending up in Dystopia is not necessarily a bad thing; at least not all the times.

Of course, it is not easy for a foreigner to completely understand what it is like to be a Dystopian. Some days it feels like it just takes the happiness from your face and hides it so far away that only if you desperately want it back, you must climb the biggest mountain in Dystopia, kill a dragon, kill his dragon wife, kill their two dragon babies, find the princess, kill the princess, eat her heart and then finally you find your happiness*.

However, some other days, Dystopia is like heaven. You suddenly get the feeling that life just stopped, that time does not exist. The streets are now quiet, the sounds of birds and children are not heard anymore and everything is silent and calm. And although such feelings last only a few minutes before a huge storm, another Great Depression or any other disaster you have to cope with at least once a week, no one doubts that it still feels like heaven; only a hotter one.

  • *in a really nice place with kind people who will take care of you for the rest of your life for free. This is the main reason why you feel too obliged and you say nothing when they bring you presents, like those new clean white shirts with the long sleeves they insist on tying to your back.

    Inspired by: It's a Depression