Sorceror's Bargain, n. A classic pact with the Devil, who offers, "I
will give you power if you give me your soul." But there is a problem
(aside from the obvious difficulty of the power having no value near
that of the soul): if you make the deal, it isn't really you that has
the power. Once the deal is made, it is a lose-lose situation.
In the contemporary Western world, the sorceror's bargain is
frequently made with two very attractive looking twin demons, named
Mammon and Technology.
Both of them woo people with the sweetest promises, never speaking of
any price to be paid. And both of them somewhere, somehow, find the
most creative ways to extract payment (and deliver more of an illusion
than a reality of what they promised). . It is notable that, in the
Sermon on the Mount, Christ's warning was not "No man can own two
slaves," but "No man can serve two masters."
Calvin: I had a dream last night in which machines had taken over
the world and made us do their bidding.
Hobbes: That must have been scary.
Calvin: It sure wa--holy, would you look at the time? My TV show is
-Calvin and Hobbes
- -- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary