(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 March 2013, Amsterdam, Netherland, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.1.33)

the-twilight-zoneWhen I was a child, there used to be a television series called Twilight Zone. It was intense. There were always these weird things going on and in this one episode, there was a landing from outer space and these beings came out! They were like human beings but they had heads that were like four storeys, instead of our one storey, and they had like a lot more brain.

So, they were walking around like that with their big heads, coming to show friendship to human beings. In this way, they were visiting earth and it all seemed very nice. Then they organised a tour for people from earth to go see their planet. And as people entered this spaceship, they were suddenly put in cabins, in captivity! Food came through a little tunnel. One of the people had figured out that they were actually being transported to this other planet for food; that they were treating them like cattle, and that they were going to breed them and then eat them.

So, okay, there was also a hidden critique in the movie of the way we treat animals. But whatever it was, I was a kid when I saw it; it freaked me out and the reason why it freaked me out was because it opened up my eyes to new possibilities – things I haven’t thought about. No one could give me any reasonable arguments that there were no such beings out there. For days I looked up at the sky, wondering what was out there, “What kind of creatures would be out there? Anything is possible!”

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