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Between light and shadow - science and imagination

I've been watching The Twilight Zone during the home isolation with Covid -19 and enjoying the gentle lessons, the philosophical questions and psychoanalysis of human behaviour, all in the midst of the space race and cold war. I just watched the episode called 'The monsters are due on Maple Street" Season 1 Episode 22. The ending narration was rather poignant I thought and repeated here.

'There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, 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 of its own – for the children and the children yet unborn.'

Below is an article about Rod Serling the writer and creator of The Twilight Zone and one of the catalysing events for the Civil Rights movement and the rise of Martin Luther King Jr in US, the murder of young boy in 1955 called Emmett Till. The story of Emmett Till is deeply sad and I would suggest reading it. The images are graphic but necessary. And any discomfort is nothing compared to what he and his family went through.


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