The Twilight Zone s3e9
“All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth.”
Reblogging for the good post and the excellent addition, but also to add another Rod Serling quote from The Twilight Zone that has always been, will always be, important:
“Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognise the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man – that state is obsolete.”
From “He’s Alive” (Ep 4 Se 4), which is about a neo-nazi leader being instructed by Hitler, apparently back from the dead:
Portrait of a bush-league fuhrer named peter vollmer.
A sparse little man who feeds off his self-delusions and finds himself perpetually hungry for want of greatness in his diet.
And like some goose-stepping predecessors, he searches for something to explain his hunger and rationalize why a world passes him by without saluting.
The something he looks for, and finds, is in a sewer.
Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare- chicago, los angeles, miami, florida, vincennes, indiana, syracuse, new york? Anyplace, everyplace, where there’s hate, where there’s prejudice, where there’s bigotry.
He’s alive so long as these evils exist.
Remember that when he comes to your town.
Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others.
Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being.
He’s alive because through these things, we keep him alive.