Once again I’m caught up in tonight’s Clyde Lewis’ Ground Zero show. Here’s a transcript:
I had a dream once that Jesus was an alien. I’ll never forget it because it came to me when I was 18 and I’d taken a class in college called “The Millennium” and it was all about millennial cults (Ironically, this was in 1998 and it was offered at a Catholic university). At any rate, I had a dream that Jesus returned, only no one realized that he was an alien. If you stop and think about it, aliens who wish to take over the planet would be smart to come to Earth as religious figures. People tend to not question these things.
At any rate, tonight’s radio show made me think about the Twilight Zone episode called “To Serve Man.” Rod Serling was ahead of his time. This episode revolved around aliens, the Kanamits (I have a Kanamit doll that I bought at Comic Con) who come to earth under the guide of sharing their wisdom with the people of earth. (Spoiler alert!!) Their real intention, however, is to take humans to their planet as the main ingredient in their recipes…get it–To serve man…. What calls my attention to this episode is that the Kanamits land and go to the United Nations. There is no panic, but there’s a media firestorm and a whirlwind of politicians trying to figure out how to use the Kanamits to their advantage. It’s remarkable how calmly the people of Earth are during this first contact experience.
When the aliens arrive in Independence Day, things are not as calm. People panic. Will Smith’s neighbors in Los Angeles do not waste time getting the heck out of town. When the aliens attack, the panic level increases.
I would love to see what people today would do if a UFO showed up in the sky for all to see. I’d love to hear the military spin jockeys stammering that they were not caught off guard and the political slant on the massive event. Social media would be aflutter, of course, and the media would be frothing to get an exclusive interview with anyone who knew what was going on. Can you imagine it?