“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”
Actor Adam West, who portrayed The Caped Crusader, in the television series of the 1960s, Batman has died. This series was campy, but I watched it as a youngster — I will refrain from giving my exact age at the time! -, and I loved it. It ran from 1966-1968, and it was the first live action adaptation of a comic book superhero that I had seen.
The series became extremely popular, and many other well-known actors played a variety of villains, all in good humor. Just a few are: Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt as Catwoman, Vincent Price as Egghead, and Cesar Romero as The Joker.
I was and still am a lover of comic books and superheroes, and I say a fond farewell to the man who played Batman straight up, no matter how silly the script might have been. West played Bruce Wayne and Batman as a hero who fought to help those in need.
R.I.P. Adam West 1928-2017
Once again, the people of the world have witnessed another horrific attack, this time on a group of concert-goers, many of them children, in Manchester, England. This terrifying attack and its consequences are beyond horror. With great sorrow, I offer my prayers and thoughts to the people of Manchester.
I do not usually deal with anything political on this site, but our times have become so extreme that I cannot pretend that writing and politics are disconnected in any way. Writers must speak our conscience.
Regarding President Trumps’s budget plan to make drastic cuts to Meals on Wheels, I remind everyone of that great writing, which was a morality tale and one of social critique: A Christmas Carol.
The ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, pays a visit to Ebenezer Scrooge to offer him a chance at redemption:
“But you were always such a good man of business, Jacob,” faultered Scrooge,
who now began to apply this to himself.
“Business!” cried the ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my
business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forebearance,
and benevolence, were, all, my business.” (Dickens 21)
The soul of a society, the spirit of a people, and the decency of a nation are largely determined by the treatment of the less fortunate. Cutting funding in any way for Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to those who might not otherwise eat, including many veterans, is an act of evil. We would do well to heed Dickens’ admonition.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. New York. Bantam. 1997.
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