It seems that his persona lives on through human's own obsession with pleasure. I think one major detriment to humans, is since we can experience pleasure and use our free will to prolong it, we become infatuated and obsessed. Satan to me, embodies humans obsession with persona's who solely pursue and attain pleasure, which is even more relevant in our society today, with the continuant and emergent idolization of "gangsters" such as Al Capone, Gotti, even modern rap cultured gangsters. So whether Satan is real or not is irrelevant, what he stands for and represents, at least to me, becomes embodied in more prevalent social personalities today, which again, leads to even more problems in having others realize what they are really idolizing in the first place. Just a thought that was on my mind
If you will allow me to comment a little. Man in his perfection will not admit to anything he does as wrong. We are geniuses at finding reasons that justify whatever it is we want to do. Greed, pleasure, condescension, discrimination, racism plus a whole lot of other crap we blame on "satan". It's not our fault. The devil made me do it. Ha.
All of what you mentioned could indeed be construed as "evil" and for all intents and purposes as it relates to the real enjoyment in life, they are detriments. I will agree with your there. The world is in one hell of a mess my friend, but I afraid if you are looking for someone to blame it all on, it is "we". The very first thing you can do if you want to begin to understand what life is about is to turn your television off and never turn it on again. Trash that POS. Ninety percent of what it invades your home with you do not need in your head. It will screw you up, big time. I'm not saying there is not some "good stuff" being aired but the amount of crap you have to sit through is not worth it. Most of what it airs doesn't exist anyway. Provided you live in the good ole' USA. I have no idea of what is broadcasted in other countries. I wish I did.
I know your frustration my friend and when you come right down to it, it all has to do with those phrases we use everyday that start with "self...". Self-reliance, self-esteem, self-assurance, self-righteous, self-made, self-confident, etc., etc., etc., as we desperately seek a place to fit in this reality looking to other's who are also "self-consumed" for direction. The blind leading the blind. What a mess.
We are not consumed with "pleasure", it's the last resort we can turn to, to satisfy or give any meaning to the reality we have created. If you think it is bad now, it is going to get a whole hell of a lot worse before it gets better I'm afraid.
The television is the "TROJAN HORSE" that has invaded our personal world and most are indeed under it's "spell" to the point most have no life as they live vicariously through those who are acting out a role meant keep us from noticing what is really going on. It is appealing to the most primal instinct in man and it is not "just one of those things". Take drugs, television, alcohol, lust and computers out of the scheme of things and you will see a society go stark raving mad. I guarantee it.
As our brilliance continues and technology increases, we strive to discover those "devices" that make us even more lazy and further eliminate the "need" for man as we dig the abyss a little bit deeper in our quest to make the almighty buck. There's not much left to do but make babies and seek pleasure any way one can that will enable a person to "feel" anything until we reach that ultimate hell in which all we can feel is "pain". Some are already there. You don't think people who get tattoo's and piercing's do it because the are overjoyed with their existence, do you? IMO. There's a lot of screaming going on, it's just we are too self-absorbed to hear it.