The downside of having Roku streaming is that binge-viewing can keep you up late and create poor sleeping habits. Rationalizing that I get adequate sleep with less than two hours of rapid eye movement rest, I find myself hooked on that genre of TV reruns that carry a very dystopic, but hopeful, theme throughout. My two favorites were The Walking Dead and Jericho. I’ve asked myself why I prefer watching scenes of abysmal despair and human suffering and came to the conclusion that it has little to do with the TV wasteland of reality and game shows, sports hyper-fanaticism, inane situation comedy hours, and what our lunatic President calls fake news. Perhaps my choice of binge streaming is an unconscious act of preparation for the calamities toward which the United State is heading under President Trump. His terrorist rhetoric, predatory business instincts that will explode with presidential power, and demonstrably devious mind gives me reason to think it’s very possible that a violent balkanization of the United States is unfolding in the hinterland of Trump loyalists. And the pushback from the anti-Trump majority may not model Dr. King’s example of brotherly love, prayer, and non-violence. How could it not be? Life will imitate art like that scene in the Walking Dead (episode 43) where a lunatic Governor with a crew of gullible followers is hell bent on taking away the peaceful community of people held up in a prison overrun by “walkers.” The Governor gives the group’s leader a choice to vacate or die – including children, old people, women, and the sick. It goes like this:
Rick: “We can all live together. There’s enough room for all of us.”
Governor: “More than enough. But I don’t think my family would sleep well knowing that you were under the same roof.”
Rick: “We’d live in different cell blocks. We’d never have to see each other till we’re all ready.”
Herschel (a Rick ally held hostage by the Governor): “It could work. You know it could.”
Governor: “It could’ve. But it can’t. Not after Woodbury. Not after Andrea.”
Rick: “Look, I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy. Fact is, it’s gonna be a hell of a lot harder than standing here shooting at each other. But I don’t think we have a choice.
Governor: We don’t. You do.
Rick: We’re not leaving. You try to force us we’ll fight back.
The Governor proceeds to decapitate Herschel, ISIS style and all hell breaks loose. It all starts with ignorance laced with arrogance, bitterness and hate, despondency, and an alienated humanity. My sense of reality is that those forces will not be allowed to prevail and some sanity will surface to wash out the evil spirits haunting us.