In case folks haven’t had a chance to see the Twilight Zone episode “Night of the Meek” it is an often overlooked holiday treasure well worth a viewing. I’ve included the link at the end of this post to where you can watch the full episode on Hulu. Rod serling is one of those great examples of a committed UU in so many ways. He only started focus his writing on Science fiction because he was frustrated by all the cuts being made to his work by network executives and sensors. Committed to causes like civil rights, peace, and economic justice and so would try and address those subjects in his screenplays but it all got taken out or reworked because the networks were afraid of taking up controversial subjects like racism and possibly losing advertisers. Sterling was needed in a pinch for a sci fi script and as always he used the story to engage people around their prejudice but because of the fact that it was speculative fiction about a universe that doesn’t exist or an invented idea of the future his work went to screen without editing. Where they just not seeing it through the space suits or did the higher ups just feel that the public would react better to this once removed way of talking about hot button issues? I suspect it was a bit of both. In any event I hope folks will watch and enjoy it as much as I do.
OK so December 7th is over but Hanukkah is still going so let me just confess to some historically inaccurate illustrating. The image featured is modeled after the Menorah from the first century relief showing Rome plundering the Temple in Jerusalem which could have been the Menorah at the time of the Maccabean revolt, why not. However I decorated around and outside the frame with spears and shields as if from the rebel victors. But the symbol I put on the shields to make it look clearly topically relevant if not just a bit seasonally festive is a six pointed star called a star of David and a common symbol of Judaism in modern times. Unfortunately the Jewish tie to this design as one of its sacred symbols is found in the tradition of Jewish mysticism that comes long after the First Hanukkah. Bassically it is the Kabbalistic tradition that introduces the Star of David as a symbol of Jewish Faith. If the Maccabees had a symbol on their shields they would have been more likely to use a hammer, menorah, representation of the temple, palm tree, or stylized pomegranate all of which appear on later Hasmonean minted coins and most of which seem to get a pass on the whole no graven images norms since the instructions for the adornment of the temple include instructions to use a number of those images in the gold covered reliefs of the temple sanctuary. Hardly a big deal but worth knowing.
I have been so excited about how things have come together with my updates on last year’s advent calendar. So go to http://www.uuadvent.com where you can buy your own. It comes with 25 wood ornaments a deck of illustrated cards to explain each ornament and some bonus cards to use if you want to mark the days of Chalica, Kwanzaa, and or Hanukkah, a sheet of flame stickers and 4 plastic card stands.
UU Cards Gen II: Rod Serling creator of the Twilight Zone.
I have some posts to make. It has been some time since I have updated the site. I started a new position and after about a year can bring my head up above water to get back to some other efforts. So look for more soon.