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    Every time I see someone with a house full of "labor saving devices" (read that as overpriced crap they never use) bemoaning the fact that they just. don't. have. enough. time. That they have to do this, and this, and this, and this, and this before they swallow the pill and fall into their regeneration chamber... I think of Star Trek.

    The original Star Trek.

    Remember the episode - you must remember the episode since it's usually voted one of the worst - where the crew comes across a research outpost where all the adults are dead? They seemingly committed suicide. Their children though are all still alive and running around laughing, playing, and completely unconcerned - indeed not even aware of their dead parents scattered all around them. Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the future members of Overactors Anonymous, are appalled.

    Okay, performance-wise it's not the best ST that was ever made, but for me it does nicely illustrate something I've watched take place since the mid-seventies.

    Witness, every time Kirk or someone else tried to make these kids confront reality, they immediately begin a chant: Busy! Busy! Busy! And begin running around "playing" a mirthful, but ultimately mindless game of chase. Later, after their obsessive Busy is repeatedly threatened, they form a circle and summon The Angel, who reassures them of the glorious world they will soon inhabit if only they continue to do as he instructs.

    Jus' sayin'

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:44:25 AM PST

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