MV Boli – Another episode of The Twilight Zone comes to mind, one of the older series as now I’m fairly certain that the episode to which I earlier referred was of the Outer Limits. This one is called the Obsolete Man and it begins like this:
“You walk into this room at your own risk, because it leads to the future; not a future that will be, but one that might be. This is not a new world: It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advancements, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace. This is Mr. Romney Wordsworth, in his last forty-eight hours on Earth. He’s a citizen of the State, but will soon have to be eliminated, because he’s built out of flesh and because he has a mind. Mr. Romney Wordsworth, who will draw his last breaths in the Twilight Zone.”
In the course of the episode, Mr. Wordsworth is tried guilty of the crime of being Obsolete. He is a Bible-believing Librarian in a State where literacy is against the law and where the state refuses to accept God’s existance. He is allowed to choose his means of death and spends his final moments reading Psalms 23 and 53 from his cherished and illegal Bible. As per terms of his sentence, he speaks with the Chancellor before a television camera. He soon causes him to declare “In the name of God, let me out!” upon learning that that the chosen means of death was a bomb with a short fuse somewhere in that room.
As the sentence is carried out shortly before the Chancellor escapses, the episode ends with the former chancellor being tried from the crime of being obsolete. The episode ends thusly:
“The chancellor, the late chancellor, was only partly correct. He was obsolete, but so is the State, the entity he worshipped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under “M” for mankind—in the Twilight Zone.”
This was one of the orgininal episodes of the Twilight Zone as I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have been so daring to try to make it in the early two thousands. There many states that are obsolete by this definition and people who have been declared obsolete by such states. Let us risk ourselves to recognize the worth, the dignity, and the rights of our fellow man. To not do so would make ourselves an accessory to their crime.