Is The Twilight Zone Our New American Reality?

Imagine a science fiction episode in the classic old black and white series, The Twilight Zone. The main character is a middle class woman in a middle class town in the Midwest called Lake Flaccid.

The woman has a toothache. She goes to her dentist. Her dentist doesn’t treat her but instead offers her his thoughts and prayers. She has cramps and goes to her nurse practitioner. She doesn’t receive treatment but is offered thoughts and prayers by her nurse practitioner.  She has vision loss. She goes to her optometrist who doesn’t treat her but offers her his thoughts and prayers.

Her children are murdered at their school by a miscreant with a military grade weapon with a banana clip. She calls her Congressional delegation for help. They thank her for the sacrifice her family has endured to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans. They also offer her their thoughts and prayers.

Is such an episode art imitating life or life imitating art?

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Jim Maxson

Mr. Maxson is a retired Minot attorney, former ND State Senator representing Minot's 3rd District from 1986-1994, and former ND Democratic National Committeeman from 2000-2008. He speaks two languages, English and Metaphor, and is cursed by a long memory.

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