The Shape of Justice
Conversations from the Fifth Dimension
As we continue to explore the Shape of Justice in our congregation, community, and nation, join Ann Zimmerman and Pam Lepley for a series of conversations. We will meet via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays from October through May. Each month we will use an episode of The Twilight Zone as prompter for our discussion on justice, equity, and compassion.
Episodes of The Twilight Zone are available for streaming for a small fee via Amazon. For our first month, you may want to view the episode or review the synopsis below in advance. We will decide as a group whether or not to include viewing the episodes together during future sessions.
Discussions are appropriate for adults and senior high youth.
For the first session on October 4th:
The Twilight Zone
Synopsis of Season 1 Episode 8
Time Enough at Last
Henry Bemis, a bank teller and avid bookworm, can’t find enough time to read. He reads constantly, nearly every waking minute, even on his salaried time. At home, he is harassed by his wife, who labels him a “fool” for his love of reading. On his lunch hour at the bank, he sneaks down to the vault to read, reading of the H-bomb in a newspaper headline. Suddenly, there is an explosion and the vault is shaken. He emerges to find the bank has been destroyed and everyone in it has been killed. Leaving the bank, he sees the entire city has been leveled, and realizes that a nuclear war has devastated the Earth. As he spends hours roaming the city, discovering himself to be totally alone in the world, he begins to despair. He finds a revolver and prepares to commit suicide, overcome with loneliness, but then, spots the Public Library and finds a reason to stay alive. Investigating, he finds that the books are still intact and readable and his despair turns to elation, as he realizes that he now has all the time in the world to read them without interruption. He sorts the books, planning his future reading for years to come, then bends down to pick up a book. His glasses fall off and are shattered. He is surrounded by all the books he wants to read but now cannot, and exclaims “That’s not fair, that’s not fair at all. There was time now. There was all the time I needed! It’s not fair!”