Drawing a Line in the Sand


There are moments in life when something totally different bursts into the light. One of the first such moments for me was Fawlty Towers. We had almost accidentally changed channels when the scary, outlandish Basil Fawlty had made his first magical appearance. Basil was a real groundbreaker at the time, offensive yet irresistable. I had the same experience with my first dramatic jolt watching the early Simpsons in a San Francisco movie theatre. Bart and Lisa, who had looked very different to how they do now, were having a belching competition. This was a view of sibling rivalry to which I had related. (I had never stood a chance against my brother). Then there was South Park-The characters had looked so cute, until one of them got on the bus and had started swearing at the bus driver. Somehow these moments are timeless. They were never quite acceptable. They will never be quite acceptable and that is probably why they have endured.

I believe the same can be said of principles. They never quite fit in. They often shock when they first appear but in the end they last the distance.

We Resist -Midnight Oil

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