In a bit of relaxed google-searching, a glance at Kournikova in google search, as she’d been front page in The Age over her non-marriage non-news somehow got onto Karen David and then onto Karen Gillan whom I don’t know from Eve but that’s the nature of surfing.
Years ago, when my tele was stolen it was never replaced and so Dr Who went by the by, to the extent that I didn’t even know it had been discontinued. I thought, from various blogs, that it was alive and going well. Youtube helped bring me up to speed and one episode called Blink had some statues doing strange things. There turned out to be Weeping Angels, strange malevolent creatures whom you couldn’t look away from for a second because then they’d make their move.
That sounded pretty inventive and it looked as if Dr Who had some pretty strong storylines these days. Finding the Eleventh Hour was interesting too and so those two clips appeared last evening in the Eleventh Hour post. One reads on and I started exploring the latest incarnation, Matt Smith and then came upon this:
In “The God Complex” the Doctor has to break Amy’s faith in him after he discovers that she is the reason they are brought to a prison for a being that kills by feeding on faith.
… which immediately had alarm bells ringing. Reading about the episode itself, it’s necessary to know at least something about Dr Who before going any further and as not all readers might be au fait, a quick look has this:
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box from 1963 London, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, he faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help people, and right wrongs.
Coming back to this particular episode and its Dawkinesque title [and don’t forget Lalla Ward was a Doctor’s companion], the blurb says:
The Doctor, Amy, Rory, and Gibbis regroup, and the Doctor surmises that the other three believed that some higher fate controlled their lives. The hotel and its rooms were, by design, meant to challenge their faith by fear to allow the beast to possess them. The Doctor identifies that Gibbis has survived due to the extreme cowardice of his species, while Rory lacks any such faith to be broken.
However, the Doctor realises that it is Amy’s faith in him that is being challenged; it is her faith that brought them to the hotel in the first place. Amy soon becomes possessed like the others. As the beast comes for Amy, the Doctor and the others grab her and take her to the room she opened previously.
Inside, they find the illusion of young Amy, Amelia, still waiting for the return of her “raggedy Doctor” (“The Eleventh Hour“). The Doctor asserts to Amy that he is “not a hero” but “just a mad man with a box” to break her faith in him; her faith broken, the beast outside the door collapses on the floor.
The message is clear – it’s faith in something which allows The Beast to possess you but if you can only break a person’s faith and belief, then The Beast collapses to the floor. This is precisely the opposite of the Christian message which is that faith is the only thing which is going to save you.
Contrast that message with The Never Ending Story, also for kids:
The book describes the fantasy world of Fantasia which is being threatened by a force called “The Nothing,” a void of darkness that consumes everything. The creatures of Fantasia have gathered to plead for help from the Childlike Empress of Fantasia, but her attendant (Moses Gunn) reveals to the assembled crowd that she has fallen deathly ill due to The Nothing.
The God Complex, I’m afraid, is nasty and illustrates how values are transmitted to kids in a society. With parents no longer seen as anything more than roof and cash providers, with reality and learning being the net and the game, with Dr Who and many others on the tele in a position to remain values-neutral as they once were, as they should be but choosing to actually start transmitting new values and not forgetting music also transmitting new values, with sex and drug input from within schools, kids are growing up to believe, reinforced from all directions, that they are mini-adults who can take care of themselves and need no values, no input from anyone out there, particularly parents and teachers. Throw in the libertarian stance which often fails to distinguish between children and adults, which blurs the distinction and the recipe for disaster is complete.
The subtlety is that the kid, with a child’s limited mentality, believes he really is complete in himself, whereas he’s being manipulated just as much as any Church, school or parent ever did, only far more nastily. The enemy pretends it doesn’t even exist and any suggestion that it very much exists is called superstition.
So, while parents are providing what they think is basic protection through CRB checks and other externals, the mind of the kid is being warped by a multitude of sources they’ve plugged into, of which the Dr Who episode The God Complex is just one tiny part I happened to see. The nastiness is in what it produces – a rootless, history-less, values-less little human where the worst excesses are played out and you only need look at the things being done today – the Mail lovingly lists as many as it can find for your shock and titillation – to see the mindset of so many of these mini-monsters.
You only need go into any public place to see kids beyond their parents’ guidance and no attempt at guidance from the parents. People, this is sickness. Right surmise:
… wrong solution. The last thing it needs is State monitoring. It needs reassertion of the old institutions such as good parenthood and the old values.
The warning was given in The Lord of the Rings. There are nasties out there and the reason Hobbiton and the Shire existed in such peace for so long was largely due to Rangers like Strider who did their defensive work at a distance and the Shire was blissfully unaware of who they really were. You remove the Rangers, kill them off and the Shire is suddenly exposed to the nasties who come disguised and constantly present themselves to us as not nasties at all – they’re our friends, trust them. The EU for example.
You could throw in an analogy here of the termiting of Britain’s armed forces – an aircraft carrier here, a fleet of harriers there – work from within the nation and break down its defences. The enemy is subtle, Fabian, working on the weakest links first, the line of least resistance, slowly setting up false constructs people eventually take as read and that one about needing no faith in anything or anyone, no trust, can be seen in the results society-wide today.
Once again, the N1 question is – how to reverse this damage?