The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. John Milton, Paradise Lost If you are over 40 or come from a religious family, you may have been told when you were young that if you weren't good, you would go to hell. The idea of hell has been used for millennia to keep people in line. During the last five decades or so, it's become unfashionable to use the threat of hell to scare children into behaving. We're told that this is essentially a form of child abuse, and that those people who did it for all of those centuries were just mean, nasty people.