“According to the Bible, God created the heavens and the Earth. It is man’s prerogative – and woman’s – to create their own particular and private hell.”Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone: Complete Stories
I feel like I’m in a terrifying episode of The Twilight Zone.
This happened to me once before when I was first coming to terms with my mother’s dementia. That episode involved time travel — lots of it. I wrote about it ten years ago.
My current episode involves two groups of people occupying the same physical space but living in two entirely different realities.
They see each other.
They bump up against each other.
They argue and fight and are frustrated with each other, because each group sees a different danger that the other group seems to be ignoring. No amount of yelling or cajoling or pushing or pulling or name-calling or out-and-out violence will make the other group see what does not exist in the other’s reality.
It’s a rather terrifying premise, don’t you think?
This is why I’m a back-of-the-book reader. I need to know how things turn out so that I can navigate them and breathe at the same time.
How would this story resolve on The Twilight Zone? How would it resolve in real life?