Posted by: bkivey | 5 January 2014

Not What You Think

I  was noodling around a local bookstore recently when I saw a coffee mug with the imprint “And The Children Shall Lead”. At first glance this would appear to be the usual hippy-dippy sentiment prevalent in the Portland area advocating childish wonder at human affairs. My first impression was of the eponymous  Star Trek episode. And therein lies a tale.

The episode was aired during the OG Star Trek’s  third season. The plot is available in any number of places if you’re interested, but the upshot is that an evil ‘angel’ controls children and crew members into believing he’s benevolent when in fact he is anything but. With help from Kirk, the children eventually see the ‘angel’ for the manipulative, evil being he is.

When I saw this as a child, it was just another story on a TV series. As I’ve grown, I see that there is perhaps more than meets the eye. I think that this episode is a cautionary tale on the evils of Progressivism.

If you search Gene Roddenberry’s political views, you’ll get results all over the map: from Communism to Libertarianism. Of the episode’s director, writer, and producer, no political affiliations are given. But let’s look at what’s on the screen.

You have a (seemingly) all-powerful entity controlling children. This same entity controls consenting adults. Some adults resist, and are vilified. But the scrappy hero resists mind-control and help the children see the way.

Does any of this sound familiar?

I suspect that most of the people buying the mugs have never heard of the Star Trek episode mentioned, they just want to be part of some feel-good philosophy. But it does appear that the fact that the mug sells at all is symptomatic of a deeper malignancy in our society.

Waiting For . . . The Game

Regular readers know that I like sports. I’ve played several, and watching athletic competition well done is satisfying. As we are well into the college bowl season, I’ve noticed that the major bowls have become endurance tests.

An average televised football (not the European kickball) game will go about three hours. This is bloated enough, as the game clock is only 60 minutes. But a major bowl telecast goes for four hours. Four! I don’t see how a team can get into any kind of rhythm when every ten minutes there’s a commercial break. Think I’m exaggerating? Check it. American football is shooting itself in the foot with reviews and replays and official and TV timeouts. Just play the damn game.






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