“Do You Know Why There’s Night All Around Us?”
No sides. Just shock and sadness. It’s time to stop and reflect.
This quote from Rev. Anderson in Rod Serling’s sobering Season 5 episode, “I Am The Night — Color Me Black”, keeps echoing in my mind:
In all this darkness, is there anybody who can make out the truth? He hated and he killed and now he dies. And you hated, you killed, and now there’s not one of you, not one of you, who isn’t doomed.
Do you know why it’s dark? Do you know why there’s night all around us? Do you know what the blackness is? It’s the hate he felt, the hate you felt, the hate all of us feel, and there’s too much of it. There’s just too much.
And so we had to vomit it out. And now it’s coming up all around us and choking us. So much hate. So much miserable hate.
Will it keep getting darker? That’s up to each and every one of us.
As Serling says in his closing narration: “A sickness known as hate. Not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ — but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don’t look for it in the Twilight Zone — look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether.”
Hate is easy. Love is hard. But it’s the only thing that will keep the darkness from growing — and consuming us all.