Random Monday Musings: 2 January 2017

I just wanted to share a few random thoughts that have been bouncing around in my noggin since the weekend, and the New Year, began. They’re not directed at anyone in particular, nor are they about any specific person or persons – especially since these are things that I’ve noticed and observed for many years. I’ve seen these occurrences over and over again, since I was eight years of age! Always the observer…always watching and listening.

I love “The Twilight Zone” marathon that happens every year around this time, and watch it fairly religiously. I’ve had that little personal ritual for a little over a decade, now, and every single time, I see some episodes that I’ve never seen before. Sure, the show has been around since before I or my husband was born, and has been in reruns since it ended in 1964, but there are many episodes that we fans could probably recite word-for-word – or, at the very least, recognize simply from the opening scene.

I’m also a fan of “Doctor Who,” and very much enjoy the marathons that run during the xmas season – even though I can safely say that I think I’ve seen every single episode that the BBC chooses to air! I haven’t seen the entire series, of course; that show began well before I was born, and few of the original episodes from the first few seasons exist anymore, for whatever reason.

I bring those two series up because, although many people WATCH them, few actually think about and absorb the messages and meanings in them. When I attempt to talk with others about a specific episode, and try to discuss what the message of said episode was, I’m always met with exasperation and derision. I’ve come to the conclusion that, especially recently, most people simply aren’t equipped with the ability to understand or discuss serious matters in depth – or don’t want to be bothered with doing so, for reasons known only to them. Those shows, for all of their entertainment value, had some very deep concepts worthy of contemplation, IMHO.

This brings me around to why I find most other people untrustworthy. In short, they are incapable of keeping their word. They say, “Oh, sure – I’ll do this, that, or the other thing with / for you!” But those are meaningless words – they only say them to placate another, or to get another person out of their presence. Instead of being straightforward and honest, they blow smoke up the arseholes of others. They piss on someone’s leg and say, “Oh, look – it’s raining!” I’ve never been able to fathom why a lie is more comforting for people to tell. I’ve had people say, “I want to ask a question…and be honest!” So, they ask their question, and I give them my honest answer. That pisses them off to no end! I tell them, “Hey, you asked me for my opinion, so I gave it to you! You wanted me to be honest, so I was! If you want someone to lie to you, go talk to someone who will – I’m not the one!”

Then again, there are plenty of people who are content to live a lie, just as there are those who think nothing of lying to others. I can’t say that it’s more prevalent now than it was in the years or decades before my existence, especially when I see those old “Doctor Who” or “Twilight Zone” episodes. The things that are shown there are just as pertinent in this day and age as they were back then, before the daily electronic intrusions of the Twitterpated, Instagramming Facebookers. Those of us who could care less about the vain and self-absorbed are still subjected to their narcissism by way of others who are easily distracted by the shiny, flashy shallowness. It boggles the mind…but, I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised.

It is what it is – the more things change, the more they stay the same. Same thing with people: there will always be those who cannot be trusted or relied upon for anything. I’m just glad that they’re far easier to spot…and I adjust accordingly, and keep on keeping on. C’est la vie!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn Moss
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 21:17:47

    Regarding deep discussions of shows–I think there’s a difference between casually watching a show and getting deep into a fandom. I think you need to find hardcore fellow fans for the kind of conversations you’re looking for.

    I’m only a casual watcher of Dr. Who, for example. (A casual fan who still misses the days of 9, Jack and Rose traveling together . . . but I digress.) So I can’t talk with any intelligence on the deep issues Dr. Who sometimes brings up. I haven’t watched it with enough attention. (But if you want to talk about the theological implications of the Force in Star Wars or the problematic view of heaven in Supernatural, I am so there for you!)

    Meanwhile, Dr. Who is such a big fandom! I feel like the people who can talk deeply about it must be out there. And there must be some good metas and conversations on Reddit and fanfic sites. (I’m shallow with Dr. Who. I don’t read deep metas–I just look for 9/Jack/Rose stories.)

    Ditto with The Twilight Zone. I don’t know much about that fandom, but it must exist. (I imagine it’s significant.)

    So, I guess I’m asking you not to give up. I hope you find the fellow hardcore fans who can talk about this stuff with you!

  2. Brian Lageose
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 00:26:13

    I really like this one. The fundamentals of who and what we are don’t really change over time. Yes, there are modern “conveniences” that allow some people to better hide themselves behind layers of digital hypocrisy, but it all comes out in the wash. Don’t ask me if you don’t want me to tell…

  3. dancingpalmtrees
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 00:55:00

    I have never seen the Dr. Who TV Show but I’ve seen most if not all of the Twilight Zone episodes and Rod Serling touched on issues that were normally verboten back in the 50s and 60s. The man was deep. Certain episodes were deep like the one I think it was called Masks (takes place during Mardi Gras), To Serve Man, and one with I think it was Jack Klugman who had lost his son in war and went to some type of arcade reliving his son’s childhood moments. Then another one about a boxer or was it a mechanical boxer. Anyone it was one of the best shows during TVs Golden Age.

    I think this Old Skool song captures a lot of my feelings about people. I’m definitely not as open or trusting as when I was younger. Situations, circumstances and how people act definitely have affected me but I still try to give folks the benefit of the doubt. I don’t want to be too jaded or cynical that I don’t give folks chances because I know I’ve messed up, I’ve said or done things that hurt friends and I had to ask for forgiveness. However I will hold people accountable if they repeatedly do the same stupid shit.

    I’m not really a person who likes to hold grudges because that would be more destructive to me than anyone else. If what they’ve done is really horrible best to go No Contact but not to hate them. Unless that person has done me bodily harm, or put me or my brother in harms way or they say something about my Mom I’m willing to give them another chance.

    The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes – 1971

    • sepultura13
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 22:11:48

      I don’t waste time or energy holding grudges – but I don’t entertain people who go out of their way to be assholes, either. They’re not worth my time and energy, any more than holding grudges or hating others are. I just let them go by the wayside, and avoid them like the dog turds that they are!

  4. dancingpalmtrees
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 00:58:13

    I also wanted to share this quote with you because a woman I know only from the Blogging World Blessed me during this past Christmas so Stephen and I could have a better holiday season. Because of the kindness of this wonderful Lady a great burden was lifted off my shoulders.

    โ€œSometimes itโ€™s easy to lose faith in people.
    And sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes
    to give you hope again.โ€
    โ€“ Randa Abdel Fattah

  5. Tony Single
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 16:21:10

    I knew there was a reason I liked you (among many). Hullo, fellow Dr Who fan! Allons-y! ๐Ÿ˜€

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