The Twilight Zone
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of a man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone. –From Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone
Imagine if you will, that a powerful society exists on earth. Only a couple of hundred years old yet more powerful and influential than societies many thousands of years its senior. It’s not a society of a single race, ethnic group or religion, but one comprised of immigrants from failing or failed societies all seeking something better than they left. Most of them are here for the opportunity the society offers. Others seek its destruction or to change it into a version of the society they fled. It’s a society built on a strong foundation of values, a tough work ethic, and a sense of opportunity and freedom rarely matched. During its comparatively short history, it’s repeatedly confronted evil while defending others. It’s fed the world and led the world. It now stands as the world’s lone, most powerful leader and is locked in an epic struggle, with forces from within and without, for its continued existence.
Imagine then that this republic, which by its laws is governed by a majority of freely elected representatives of the people, is not able to govern effectively because the minority constantly obstructs the will of the majority– resulting in chaos. It’s an internal struggle for power and ideology that draws the republic’s attention away from its dangerous and epic battle with outside forces.
Imagine then that this republic has an expensive military force designed and equipped to face an enemy that no longer exists. When a redesign plan, which will make it a more effective force, requires base closures, we discover that the military is more important to serve as a jobs program than it is to defend the nation.
Imagine then that this republic has giant media organizations, which inform the society through manipulative polling how most of their fellow citizens think. Therefore implying, that if you’re normal and average, how you should think. It’s a form of a method used by other societies – that are no longer with us.
Imagine then that this republic, concerned as it should be with world hunger, provides more food aid to poor nations around the world than most nations of the world combined and the countries we feed are those who most oppose us.
Imagine then that this republic is engaged in an internal struggle to define or redefine what’s moral. In this struggle, children get condoms at elementary school while being banned from reading Bibles during their recess period. Children are the future of any society or they can be the demise of it.
Imagine then that in this republic, we teach schoolchildren safe sex complete with condoms on cucumbers demonstrations before teaching them about abstinence.
Imagine then that in this republic governed by the people, one they did not elect can render void their collective will and desire.
Imagine then that in this republic another not elected decides a 13-year-old girl can make a choice made legal by men and carried out 50 million times since 1973. Some in the republic insist that’s a free choice, others call it murder. The internal struggle continues.
Imagine then that in this republic sexual predators are dangerous enough that their whereabouts must be known at all times, but not dangerous enough for incarceration – until they strike again - and again.
Imagine then that in this republic, a psychotic killer who’d in the past chased neighbors with a chain saw roams free until he brutally murders two innocent little girls.
Imagine then that in this republic, we starved to death a disabled woman. Only to see a short time later that after years
and years others recover from similar disabilities.
While Congress debates its nuclear option, the country fiddles, and the Ayatollahs and Kim Jung Mentally IL build real nukes, I thought I’d recap the week’s cheerful news for you. I think I’m going to go into the backyard now and start digging my bunker. Welcome to our world,…it lies between the pit of a man's fears and the summit of his knowledge… It is an area we call the Twilight Zone.
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J.D. Pendry is author of The Three Meter Zone, Random House/Ballantine.
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