Last night I caught this old (1959-60) episode of the Twilight Zone and couldn’t help but think how in spirit, it applies to America today. We’ve become a nation of fearful paranoia, finger-pointing and potential scapegoat creators. And many of the brethren are participants in spreading this fear and pointing the finger. You can watch it here.
The ending is quite an eye-opener if you really think about it. Two figures from another galaxy who strangely look alot like us, are seen watching from space and making these comments,
Figure one: Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines, radios, telephones, and lawnmowers…throw them into darkness a few hours and then sit back and watch the pattern.
Figure two: And this pattern is always the same?
Figure one: With few variations. They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find…and its always themselves. And all we need to do is sit back ….and watch.
Figure two: Then I take it this place…this Maple Street…is not unique.
Figure one: (shaking his head) By no means. Their world is full of Maple Streets. And we’ll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other….one to the other…one to the other…
Excellent picture of what our real enemy satan is up to, isn’t it?
Rod Serling, as our narrator has some thought provoking comments as the show fades to a black screen,
“The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices – to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own – for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”
to which I say, amen.