Sometimes it seems, in this increasingly relativistic-amorphous global cultural vacuum that is evolving right before our very eyes, that one must “get slightly surreal” in order to make a point and get it across. And so it is that I bring a long-running, popular and critically acclaimed British science fiction television series to bear on the discussion pertaining to the dire need for the world–particularly the Christian world–to take up the cause of remembering and memorializing the Holocaust.
I am calmly determined to raise this issue of moral and spiritual gravity for as long as it takes to change the attitude of denial that exists within the church in this regard, and yet, am admittedly, at times, stunned by the staggering depth and breadth of indifference demonstrated by the church–particularly the Protestant and Evangelical communities–concerning this intimate moral responsibility to the Jewish people as well as to the rest of the watching world. If the church does not respond now to the fact of its deafening Silence during the Shoah, during which it cast aside the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth with regard to “the other”–such as “love your neighbor” and the righteousness of the Good Samaritan–then why should the non-Christian person regard its message of the good news of salvation as being legitimately represented?
There is something about the very nature of hypocrisy that forces its own form of silence on whatever it comes into contact with. Like any human dictator, it is itself an autocratic ruler over all who submit to it.
According to the Wikipedia account: “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. He explores the universe in his ‘TARDIS’, sentient, time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.”
I am not a dedicated, full-time watcher of the show, but am intrigued by its premise, finding its elongated, expansive setting of time-space-travel a good environment from which to ponder the overarching view of life on this planet. And beyond. The appearance of a particular, and peculiar, race of villains in the show seems to somehow resemble, in a metaphoric way, an approximation of my experience of the grave condition of Holocaust Avoidance Syndrome as it plays out in the early second decade of the 21st century. This race of villains on the show is known simply as the “Silence,” a species of aliens able to edit from a human’s mind any memory of ever having seen, heard or encountered by them as soon as the humans are no longer able to see them. From the BBC America website:
“The Silence have been on Earth since the dawn of time, manipulating mankind’s development for their own purposes. But if you’ve seen them before then you wouldn’t remember—they control humans by post-hypnotic suggestion and once you stop looking at a Silent you forget it ever existed. That’s if you survive the encounter, for a Silent may decide to destroy you by absorbing electrical power from whatever is nearby.”
BBC America website, http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/monsters/the-silence/
 Elie Wiesel’s Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1986.
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