When an alien comes from outer space to decide if the Earth is worth
leaving in tact or destroying, he finds that Terrorism rules.
What does he do? If that alien came today, would he see
Terrorism ruling the world? What would he decide?
18, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 644
The Outer Limits Of Terrorism
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--June
18, 2003-- Science fiction offers many lessons for projecting
the reality of life. One of the leaders in paving
moral paths for the future of human beings is the television
show, Outer Limits. It offers the "outer
limits" of Terrorism for viewers.
was one of the perspicacious Outer Limits shows
As I was
scanning the news this week, I was haunted by one of the
more perspicacious Outer Limits shows, one
called Heart's Desire, produced in 1997.
The show's message rattled
around my brain as I read hoards of stories about human
beings struggling throughout the world to come to grips
with the Beast of Terror within them.
This morning was no different.
In Paris, a woman protesting France's
arrests of Iranians set herself on fire.
In Iraq, U.S. troops shot into a crowd of protestors.
In Wisconsin, a neighborhood set buildings on fire and shot
at police over the death of a fleeing motorcyclist being
chased by police. In New York City, a near riot broke
out when people couldn't get into an elementary school graduation.
Of course, there's the search
for Osama Bin Laden, for Saddam Hussein, and the constant
threat of Kim Jong Il. And then there are their
children, their fans, watching and learning and planning
to take over where their Terrorism left off.
Not too many months ago,
Pakistan and India had a nuclear face-off. A rogue
general threatened the border and fingers were on the nuke's
Also, last year a scandal
swept through the United States over the molestation of
children within the Catholic Church, shattering an already
wounded religious icon.
at the Izhora factory near St. Petersburg stand in
front of the nuclear reactor body made for Iran by
is eager to produce a nuclear bomb, and reports say it will
have one by 2005, and, North Korea is teetering on the brink
of adding A-bombs to its holster of weapons.
The Congo is riddled
with warfare and the whole of Africa with disease.
Then there are the
radical fringe Terrorists--the wild and crazy factions who
are brewing up various recipes of biochemical and conventional
weapons to launch against anyone whom they believe opposes
Nature has her hand
in the Terrorism pie. Viral permutations are
racing ahead of medicine, constantly adapting and mutating
so they can survive attacks by health professionals.
Diseases such as SARS and Monkey pox are creeping about,
warning the world that we haven't met our next worst disease
is growing to become one of the world's most preventable
diseases. Governments are pressing to
tax people for eating "fat foods," wildly attempting
to oppress human nature's desire to expand its waistline
while more than half the world's population is starving.
If you were an
alien from another planet, what might you think of the snapshot
of human behavior?
the power to destroy
In 1997, the Outer Limits did just that in the Heart's
show, cast in 1872 Oregon, focused on four outlaws who were
heading back to their hometown to dig up buried loot.
Two of the four
were brothers. They plotted against their fellow felons
to take more than their fair share of the loot, but, since
there is no honor among thieves, the other two robbers were
planning the same ploy.
much of a story until you add an alien from a world far
beyond our imagination. In the sky, a bright
light races down and explodes. A scary looking
alien with lots of frightening tentacles takes over the
body of a preacher and walks around the earth observing
human life. We don't know why he's here, but
we do know he's got an evil intent. Anyone that
scary, well, would simply have to be a potential bad guy.
Morales plays the "most evil"
watches the four cowboy bad guys. They represent
the Terrorism in all of us. It is expressed
in degrees. One of the bad guys, played by NYPD's
squad lieutenant, Esai Morales, is the "most evil."
The youngest of the "brother twosome" is the "least
evil." He symbolizes the stress and strain between
"good" and "bad," and the thin line
that separates the Beast of Terror from the Sentinel of
To spice up the
drama, the younger brother's girlfriend--the one he left
to chase a life of crime-- is now a widow with a young
son. She lures him back to the benefits of the "good
But the alien
has other plans.
To test the humans,
he gives both sets of bad guys the power to destroy anything
by merely willing it.
Instead of six
shooters firing bullets, the bad guys merely have to look
at something and will its destruction.
Ultimate power becomes their "Heart's Desire."
In a microscopic
view, the four bad guys represent the desire of all Terrorists--to
inject Fear, Intimidation and Complacency in their victims
at will and with impunity. The alien allows
the bad guys the liberty of expressing this unbridled power.
Like the spider patiently
waiting for the fly to become ensnarled in its sticky web,
the alien waits until the bad guys are at each other's throats
before he steps in and removes their new-found power.
What evil giveth, evil taketh.
In the final scene,
the preacher reveals himself as an alien. He tells
the humans he is a scout. He has come to our solar
system to observe whether Earth is a potential threat to
his world. If he reports that it is, the alien has
decided that the people of Earth could one day form a unified
body that might ultimately threaten his planet with force.
In that case, his job is to call for Earth's extinction.
There is a climactic
moment. The viewer takes a deep breath, thinking that
the bad guy's actions have doomed all of humanity to alien
extinction. But Outer Limits is rife
with moral marrow. Its writers love to twist the Truth
into shocking profundities.
Limits is rife with moral marrow
They excelled in this script.
As the viewer
is hanging on to the belief the Earth has failed to prove
its peaceful intent, and is doomed to death because of the
bloodthirstiness of the bad guys, the alien looks at them
pathetically as their hands are wrapped around each other's
throats. Casually, he proclaims that the Earth will
not be destroyed--that it offers no threat to the universe.
In the way only
an Outer Limits story can go, the irony of it all
comes to smash the viewer between the eyes as the alien
says: "We don't have to worry about you.
You'll all kill yourselves long before you ever become a
threat to the universe."
goes the alien.
As with many
Outer Limits shows, the viewer is left with an emptiness,
a grueling visceral vacuum suggesting the futility of human
evolution toward a lofty plateau where peace and prosperity
rule and Terrorism is but an artifact. It seems
we are trapped in our own ugliness, bound forever by the
manacles of Terrorism.
just the Outer Limits' viewpoint. There is
another message hidden between the lines of the script.
It is what S.I. Hayakawa called the meta message.
I. Hayakawa preached there is a meta message
It tells us that if we don't act to quell our Terrorism
as individuals that the society we seek to create--the one
of peace and prosperity--will never rise above the Terrorism
that infects all the good apples in the barrel.
that those of us who stand by and watch the world turn,
and revel in the fact "we" are "good"
and "they" are "bad" are nothing more
than Terrorists by default. Our lack of Vigilance
against Terrorism breeds it. By ignoring the presence
of the rotten apple, we become it.
Hollywood example of this theme is Clint Eastwood's, "High
Plains Drifter." Eastwood comes into town
and Terrorizes it. He is hired to protect the town
from Terrorists--bad guys coming back to take revenge.
Little do the people know that Clint Eastwood is seeking
line, the town expected someone else to run the town, to
protect it. They are the "good apples"
who think they can hire a "bad apple" to rid themselves
of other "bad apples." In the process, we
find the "good" is the "bad."
police in riot gear
In Wisconsin, the riots that erupted following the police
chase and the death of the person fleeing the police, were
flamed by the hatred and anger of the citizens against a
society that they think oppresses it. Their
solution was to fight Terrorism with Terrorism.
ashes are cold, most who riot fall back into the state of
Complacency. They do nothing but wait for the next
explosion. They feed the Beast of Terror by taking
no actions to neutralize their plight or to remove themselves
from the rut the Beast has made them believe they are condemned
to live in for the rest of their lives. Each person
becomes a fuse for Terrorism, and any spark can set it off.
no different from the recent madness in Wisconsin.
million people allowed tyranny and oppression to rule their
lives. They let the Beast of Terror manacle
them in Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
Then, one day, America came. U.S. forces removed
one form of a Beast of Terror only to unleash others that
now roam freely in the streets, looting, pillaging, plundering.
Now, the people of Iraq fight amongst themselves, power-monger
against power-monger. It is as though the alien from
the Outer Limits' "Heart's Desire"
had appeared and given the freed citizens their own personal
Weapons of Mass Destruction. It is as though
he is watching and keeping score about the futility of humans
to respect freedom, and to band together as one against
the primal forces of animal instincts.
In North Korea,
the alien watches the citizens boil grass to keep from starving.
As the people's children starve, their leader eats
prime rib, chases over the world spending lavishly for the
opulent life, and gathers ingredients for nuclear weapons
so he can defend his Palace of Tyranny.
Across the sea,
in a more civilized setting, a quieter form of Terrorism
plays itself out. American politicians jockey
to destroy the credibility of the U.S. President who freed
two nations from despotic leadership. The alien watches
as people from the same clan try to demean their own leader,
and criminalize his acts of goodness by refusing to accept
what everyone in the world knew--that the "evil one"
would have blown up the world to gain his goal of power.
The alien watches as politicians dressed in fine clothing
act out their Beast of Terror roles, trying to rip
away any meat on the Bones of Vigilance, fighting amongst
themselves to shred the acts of liberation so any good that
came from the liberation cannot be recognized because of
the muck slung by family members to de-thorn the liberator
alien sees France as anti-American re the war in Iraq,
yet France arrests potential Terrorists within
its borders. Hello?
Looking across the sea to the East, the alien sees France.
He watches the emulation of an Iranian woman to protest
France's treatment of undocumented aliens. He becomes
confused because while France was the country that defied
the U.S. invasion of Iraq, it attempts to drive out potential
Terrorists from its own borders, as though it knows the
dangers of infecting its land with Terrorism's venom.
If we were to
go along with the script writers of Outer Limits,
we would all give up. We would just kneel to Terrorism,
since it will, if left unchecked, eat us all.
Despite the frustration
and futility created by a plethora of news headlines parading
constant events of Terrorism, despite the evidence that
suggests humans will not rise above our hunger for primal
clubbing of one another's meager brains, despite this all
stands a legion of Sentinels of Vigilance on the horizon.
remind us that to conquer the Beast of Terror, we
must evolve first as individuals and secondly as groups,
societies, nations. They pound their Shields of Vigilance
to alert us that if we are to battle Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency--the Triads of Terrorism--it must be done
in hand-to-hand combat within ourselves before it can be
taken to the market, to the world.
They are our
mirrors, reflecting back to us that only when we as individuals
commit to taking the Pledge of Vigilance and vow to live
by the Principles of Vigilance, can we control of our lives'
evolution upward rather than being drawn downward by the
gravity of Complacency.
They chant to
us that only when we, as individuals, agree to drive
Fear away with at least One Percent more Courage, and confront
Intimidation with One Percent more Conviction, and, are
willing to replace Complacency with at least One Percent
more Right Actions not for ourselves, but for the benefit
of the Children's Children's Children, will we ever have
a chance to stand up to all the aliens who come to threaten
is a tough lesson. To acquire the status of
a Sentinel of Vigilance means we cannot afford to wait for
the world, or society or our neighbors to rise up before
we do. We must act as individuals first, regardless
of whether anyone follows. Our job as Sentinels
of Vigilance is to form role models for the future, not
to impress the present. If we can seed the future
with Courage, Conviction and Right Action, we never have
to look over our shoulders to see if we've been accepted
by the past or present.
through the eyes of a child and you will want to take
the Pledge of Vigilance
The rightness of our actions cannot be measured by our peers.
It must be the domain of our fledglings. One only
has to look at a child's eyes to be motivated to take the
Pledge of Vigilance. An innocent, helpless child needs
someone to guard it from the Beast of Terror's shadow.
The greatest gift a parent or loved one can give a child
is Hope for the future, not acceptance of the present's
Complacency. Such Hope is only created by the
combination of Courage, Conviction and selfless Right Actions
that benefit future generations.
To install such Hope means a parent or loved one recognizes
a child's greatest enemies are Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
The first of these, Fear, takes many forms.
Some include the Fear of not being loved, the Fear of not
being good enough, smart enough, rich enough, good looking
enough. There are physical Fears, emotional Fears,
spiritual Fears and mental Fears. The Sentinel of
Vigilance works to help a child balance these with their
second enemy of Hope is Intimidation. This includes
the child's feelings of not measuring up to the standards
of parents, or to others. It is the feeling of being
"less than" or "greater than" others.
It is a depreciation of one's value to the present and the
future. It is the opposite of a child's true
essence of feeling inherently good, strong, unique and purposeful.
there is Hope's greatest enemy--Complacency.
Complacency ultimately is about selfishness, about "getting
along" and not "making waves," about accepting
things as they are and not dreaming, not believing, not
growing into dreams. Some children are beaten down
physically or emotionally by their parents into believing
they are destined to be what their parents tell them.
"If you weren't so stupid." "If
you weren't so much trouble." "If you weren't
your father's son." "If you weren't born."
only one counterbalance to Complacency--Right Actions for
the future generations. It means a child has the right
to learn from his or her parents and loved ones that One
Percent more Selflessness than Selfishness is necessary
for the child and the world to rise above its limitations.
This is not an easy task, for the easiest solution is to
fall back into neutral, to coast, to let others be in charge
of the future of the world. It is easier to teach
a child how to succeed in spite of everyone else, or at
their expense, than to teach them to be givers.
Percent more Selflessness than Selfishness is necessary
for children to fulfill Big Dreams
But the truth is that only people, individuals, children,
who create more than consume can change the world.
could change the world, they would have. But is the
world any safer today than it was a million years ago?
Or is it poised on the edge of destruction as never before
could have changed the world, they would have. But
around the world are many cultures and ethnicities, many
factions and splinters of humanity vying to be the best.
Religions fight among themselves, people of various skin
colors battle, people from different churches within the
same religion kill in the name of righteousness.
If societies had the answer, would not one of them have
risen above all others? But that hasn't happened in
millions of years.
down to individuals. The solution comes down to a
single man, a single woman sparking the difference in his
or her mind to subscribe to the Principles of Vigilance,
and then passing those Principles down to future generations.
Only by individual rather than group force can Hope rise
above Complacency. Only when one elects to selflessly
act for the future generations do the borders of culture,
religion and ethnicity dissolve for all children are the
same. They are all innocent. And only
when they are seen as one in the eyes of the Sentinel can
the ultimate Power of Protection come to force.
Sentinels of Vigilance have hope in the future of
all Earth's children
If the alien in Outer Limits were to come to Earth
and all the people had the Pledge of Vigilance posted on
their refrigerators, and were living by them, he would have
a problem trying to sell anyone "power." Each
Sentinel of Vigilance would know they had the ultimate power--selfless
Hope in the future of all the Earth's children. This
Power of Vigilance, they would know, would be far more vast
than all the Powers of Terrorism from all the Terrorists
who ever walked this earth.
Day of Terrorism is here. It has been here for
it is time to end that Day of Terrorism.
is time to launch the Day of Vigilance.
it takes is your Courage, Conviction and Right Action to
take the Pledge of Vigilance and encourage your friends
to take it too.
the Aliens of Complacency away.
the Pledge of Vigilance. Go to the Inner Limits--where
the face of all the children ever to come to this earth
await your smile.
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