Have any readers watched the Korean Netflix program called Squid Game? It's a macabre look at what people pushed to extreme fear will do to themselves, and those around them. Greed, wealth, poor choices, hubris and both bankrupt financial accounts and morals. It casts a harsh light on avarice, the lust for wealth, and the depths to which humans will stoop even if it means killing other humans. There are also moments of kindness, care, altruism. It's an emotional rollercoaster of a program.
The first of the five childhood games (that have been violently warped beyond recognition) played is "Red Light Green Light." In Squid Game, if you are caught moving, you are eliminated - by a rifle shot to the head. And the piggy bank starts filling with money - the last player - man or woman - standing will take it all.
This week began the US version of "Kid Game." The White House reports that some 900,000 children got their first Pfizer dose in one week. Our own CDC just gave the green light to the brand new Pfizer Covid vaccine for children as young as five. Parents are rushing across the field with their children, many desperate to get their kids that first dose. Like so many of us, years ago, they are acting out of fear, habit, rote acceptance and love for their kids. I saw one Social Media screenshot where a Mom was crowing that she had just forged her daughter's birth certificate so she had just turned 5, not 4. Maybe it's true, desperate parents will do anything to protect their children, yes? Especially when plunged into extreme fear. If the side effects start pouring in, heart problems, will that finally open the eyes and at LEAST begin acceptance of a yellow light?
"Let me explain the directions again....." This simple line is recited as each game is described in Squid Game, by a pleasant female voice. But now? I hear it in Anthony Fauci's gravel pit voice. Fauci has explained the directions - vax or be eliminated. Play the game. The Kid Game.
Speaking of Anthony Fauci, Robert Kennedy's book The Real Anthony Fauci broke the top 25 on Amazon this week. Great news.