GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 19: Paulitorial
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: What a thin copper strand by which we have suspended this
dysfunctional society of ours.
Technology. All our trust eggs, placed in the basket of a few
shaky theorems and ill-defined suppositions.
Molecules of chance behave the way we say they will ? Atoms
circle a so-called nucleus because we say they do ? Magic
electricity works the way we say it does ?
Gangly spans of metal cakewalk across our rough northern
terrain conveying the insulated wiring that delivers the
pulse of modern life from the shuddering turbines of our
pristine wilderness to my toaster oven and your light bulb.
Reddy Kilowatt indeed.
And then Mother Father Nature cocks a snook at us. The ice
storms, the hail, the freezing rain, the feet of snow, the
raging torrents of unstoppable rivers, the howling winds and
the bone-numbing cold. Winter, we call it.
And we have coerced precious metals, plastics, polymers and
non-biodegradable alloys into an uneasy partnership with us
suborning the hocus-pocus that is electricity, the excitation
of the stuff of life, harnessing to our puny human desires and
wonts. It is their slavery as well as ours.
Electricity, j'accuse. When the power went out here last
weekend for several hours, it allowed me the relaxation that
had been fugacious for so long. When the twelve channels on
my electron box, deprived of its necessary electrical fix,
quit hectoring me I noodled my way unknowingly into a state of
relative bliss. I kicked back. I read my Christmas books.
I tuned out of the humdrum and threw another log on the fire.
I even spoke with Mom for awhile.
I discovered we don't need this modern life. We don't need to
know how many buses have plunged off Mexican cliffs today,
how deep the water is on the coastline of Bangladesh this
week, how far the Canadian dollar has fallen this month.
Why cars ? Why laptops ? Why cellular phones ? Why sonic
Why not spend fifteen minutes with an aging parent ? Why not
try one of those crossword puzzles ? Why not not worry about
how the Leafs did last night ?
Makes you wonder, what really matters ? Nothing like a power
outage to focus the mind.
Think I'll go pull the plug now.