Deadly Years

Deadly Years

You don’t have to look hard to find truth, and there’s people who will point you in the right direction.

One direction is in the tv and movie culture we consume. Messages and mysteries lie therein. Many nuggets can be found in the old Star Trek series of the 60s.

One such show is “The Deadly Years”: Season 2, Episode 12. Kirk and key members of his crew go to a planet with a colony that has aged rapidly. Only two are found still alive. This affects everyone in the landing party except Chekhov. It was later discovered in the show that he was the only one who reacted with fear at the sight of a dead human. Meaning his adrenaline kicked in and prevented him from aging unlike the others. They race to create it since they had stopped producing it for something else. It reverted everyone back to their youthful selves just in time except for the yeoman who died.

The adrenaline made them young again.

If there wasn’t anything so obvious to those in the know, I don’t know what is.

Obvious to those with eyes to see in a modern storytelling of this “youth-making potion” is in the movie “Doctor Sleep”-Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining”. A group of evil, vampiric people who know no age or death —complete with a Marina Abramovich look-a-like— hunt children to feed off of and make themselves forever young.

Watch either of these and your eyes will hopefully not be wide shut.

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We Are Ripe for War

The news has always been catastrophically depressing.

But I’ve noticed the vibe of news stories especially of this year to have taken on an alarmingly disturbed pitch.

I cannot flip on the news channel nor can I look at my FB feed without reading or seeing something that resembles a dystopian story from an acid-induced trip to Mad Max or the Hunger Games.

Complete strangers are killing each other other trivial things.

People fist fight each other on social media with words.

Cruelty abounds when it comes to how we treat each other on every level and the other species that co-exist with us.

The planet is turning into a trash heap.

A little more and the dam will break.

We’re ready for war.

I’m not talking teeny tiny I-don’t-know-it’s-happening war.

But all-out doomsday.

I hope I’m wrong but probably onto something here.

Let’s hope, yes hope.
I still do that sometimes. Hoping humanity changes it’s ways before it’s too late.

The Age of Offense

Welcome to the Age of Offense.

If you’re offended already by this post then I am equally offended that you haven’t even given it a chance.

But that’s okay, I am not offended. Really, I’m not.

However society increasingly is.

Just what is offense?

Why are our interpersonal relations with fellow citizens in a supposedly civilized society tainted with the spirit of offense?

Annoyance. Resentment. All brought about by a “perceived” insult or disregard to one’s “standards”.

Couple of key words there.

“Perceived”. How many times have you misperceived someone?

“Standards”. We don’t have one set of standards necessarily.

It’s not surprising that this 21st century social phenomena is occurring.

However offense is also defined as “a break of law or rule; an illegal act”.

Since there are no saints in leadership, or true leaders for that matter,
it’s not surprisingly that what goes on at the top trickles down to the rest of us.

And we have every wrongdoing going on left and right.

Just read your Facebook newsfeed and you’ll be wanting to shut yourself indoors permanently.

It boils down to how we treat each other. If we weren’t doing such a shoddy job of it, I think we wouldn’t have so much offense to pass around.

So if you find yourself getting the least bit offended by others, stop and think is there something about yourself that may offend them.

Post your offenses below. Ready, aim, fire!