Saturday, April 18, 2015

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'm participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE -- if you want to join in.

Image result for twilight zone quotesMy theme – This month I am blogging about a classic television series, The Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling where ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary situations. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense, often concluding with an unexpected twist. 

People Are Alike All Over     

Twilight Zone: 
Season 1, Episode 25
People Are Alike All Over (25 Mar. 1960) 
Two astronauts, Biologist Sam Conrad (Roddy McDowall) and Marc Marcusson, are scheduled to go on a mission to Mars. Conrad, who has a more cynical view of human interplanetary nature, is genuinely concerned about what they will find there. The mission commander, Mark Marcusson, is a positive thinker who believes that people are alike all over, even on the Red Planet. He tells Conrad  there's nothing to worry about as he firmly believes that God made everyone in his image and no matter what they find, he is certain that people are alike all over. They crash-land on Mars and Marcusson dies from his injuries. Conrad is happy to find that the people of Mars are very human-like, friendly and intelligent. They provide him with a home and promise him much more. Too late however he realizes that, just as Marcusson had said, people are alike all over. Watch the full episode HERE.

   Musings:  The idea that people are alike all over is a comforting one as long as you acknowledge that people aren't perfect, just human. Over the years I've learned that in order to get along you have to filter the good from the bad. Although the ending of this T.Z episode had one of those unexpected endings that revealed the ugly side of our similarities, I still enjoy getting to know people and trying to find our commonalities. I am fortunate enough to live in a friendly multi-cultural neighborhood where we have summer potlucks and exchange holiday gifts. Living here has given me an opportunity to realize that although we may wear different masks Armenian, American, French, Hungarian,Filipino, Latino, underneath, people really are alike all over. 

How do you view human nature? Are you a skeptic like Conrad or a positive thinker like Marcusson? Do you think people are alike all over?


Delores said...

We've seen some ugly examples lately of what people can be like...ISIS, the shooting of black Americans by police, carding in Toronto, harassment of the homeless.....I kind of hope people AREN'T the same all over.

Chrys Fey said...

Because we are all human, we are all alike...but we are all individuals and that's what makes us different from each other.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I remember Roddy Mcdowell. He was a good actor:) Yes we are alike, but oh so different!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's tough to hear about the atrocities in the middle east and believe that people are alike. Some people are crazy but I like to think most people are alike and most people are good.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thanks for stopping by, Delores. Yes, ISIS is ugly, not sure what's going on in Toronto, and it is sad that a few bad police are giving them all a bad rap.

Great insight, Chrys! It's the individual choices we make that results in good and bad.

Jennifer, I loved Roddy McDowall. He was a great character actor

You're right, Susan, some people really are crazy! I agree most are good and the good ones need to stand up and fight against the crazy ones.

Jo said...

The problem is not that we are all alike but that many of us don't control our urges which gives rise to ISIS and other like happenings. Police are generally good people but you get some that power or sometimes fear goes to their heads and that results in the news stories we hear.

Jeffrey Scott said...

As Depeche Mode said, People are People. Also, you have the good and bad in all people. Fear is a big one we all have and that sometimes comes across as making us seem bad. Sometimes it's just a matter of perspective. For the most part, everyone believe they are the hero of their life story.

Liz A. said...

I'm a positive thinker, but after watching too many TZ eps, it's easy to get a bit jaded.

Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

Clarabelle Rant said...

I ditto your "musings." Well said :)

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Debra McKellan said...

I definitely want to see what the end of the episode is now.

And it's crazy to see some of what we see today because of people, but I'd like to think many are good.

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