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Episode 28 – “A Nice Place to Visit”

One way to try to get a handle on the nature of the good, and of evil, is to reflect on our desires and their possible fulfillment.  We think of the good as the state in which our desires are … Continue reading

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Episode 26 – “The Execution”

Serling refers to the execution of an unrepentant murderer as “a necktie party,” but the characterization belies the seriousness of the subject, which is justice.  The episode paints a stark contrast: a changing world, transformed by technology from the late … Continue reading

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Episode 22 – “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”

To the extent that there is a moral fabric among humanity, it is indeed fragile, and in this episode it is intentionally torn asunder by conquerors from outside humanity. The fabric, the moral structure that makes it possible for Maple … Continue reading

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Episode 15 – “I Shot an Arrow into the Air”

This is the lifeboat dilemma with a twist. You’re on a lifeboat with others. There’s a limited supply of water, not enough for everyone to survive until rescued. Some are hurt; others not. How do you justly allocate essential resources … Continue reading

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Episode 14 – “Third From the Sun”

This is one of several Twilight Zone episodes about the terror of nuclear war, and the second in the first fourteen episodes. In contrast to “Time Enough at Last,” where Henry Bemis is oblivious to the coming peril, is episode … Continue reading

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