A Nice Place to Visit

a nice place to visit

Every now and then I’ll see something on television that will remind me of the Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone is unquestionably the greatest television show of all time. Think about the garbage that is on television today and the comparison is laughable. The only comparable shows in terms of writing and acting may be Breaking Bad or The Wire, but for me, I’ll still take The Twilight Zone any day.

There are so many good episodes of The Twilight Zone, but one in particular has always stuck with me as memorable and terrifying at the same time. That episode was “A Nice Place to Visit”.

The episode starts off with a criminal named Rocky robbing a store after killing the guard. The police come and chase him down an alley, after a shootout, he is shot and left to die. He wakes up and a strange old man named Pip is standing over him. Pip helps him up and starts giving him anything he wants. Eventually Rocky realizes he’s dead and that Pip is his guardian angel. He believes he went to heaven and is now getting anything and everything he wants as a reward. Eventually he gets tired of winning everything and starts to believe he went to the wrong place. He thinks he should go to the other place. It’s then that Pip reveals that he is in fact in the other place.

This episode really freaked me out when I was a kid. There’s a number of subtle things that happen that are really weird. In one scene, Rocky has a bunch of attractive women come to his hotel room. He tells them to wait in the bedroom while he talks to Pip. After a minute he goes to check up on them. He says something to them and then does a double take and looks back in the room as if something was wrong. He just kinda shrugs and walks away. This was never explained. What the hell were the women doing? It’s left off camera and always disturbed me.

Another great scene is when Rocky wants Pip to eat the food prepared for him because he thinks it’s been poisoned. Pip refuses and claims he “forgot how”. This always cracked me up. How could Rocky not know something was up when Pip says he forgot how to eat?

The reason that this episode freaked me out was because this version of Hell was so realistic. I grew up Catholic, so I heard stories about Hell early on in life. Whenever I thought of Hell, I would always think of a fire pit, and demons running around torturing you. It wasn’t until I saw this episode that I realized what true Hell was-unending boredom.

Be Thankful for the Struggle

A lot of the blogs that I read in the freedom niche talk about financial freedom and what to do with your money once you have it. Investing, world travel, surfing, and buying things usually fill this space. These are all pleasurable activities. For most of us, the way to get to that state is you have to go through some hardship. What if you didn’t though?

The highs aren’t nearly as high in your life if you don’t have to go through lows to get there. You have no frame of reference if you never had to face adversity. There are many who have to endure this fate in life. People who are born rich will always have in the back of their head that they only accomplished something because they had a head start in life. There isn’t much risk when they start an endeavor and they have the money to finance everything. When their plans work out, they don’t experience as much joy because they didn’t start from the bottom.

Another example of this is when you see a naturally gifted athlete who isn’t a real competitor. For years they get by on the fact that they were given a gift. This makes them lazy a lot of the time. The training and practice it takes to be the best are seen to them as beneath them. They never had to work to win, why start now? Then they get to a level where everyone is almost as good, or better than them, and they start losing. They usually aren’t very good losers.

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An example of someone like this was BJ Penn. He was a great MMA fighter who was incredibly fast. It was always a question of what BJ would show up for the fight. If he trained diligently, he would dominate. If he got beat badly, it would come out that he slacked off in his training. This happened a lot. Another example was the NBA star Allen Iverson. Iverson was also very fast, but refused to build any strength. This hurt him later in his career when his speed started to fade. He was also famous for a press conference in which he declared he didn’t need practice.

What is life?

Bad things will inevitably happen to you in life. When they do happen, you have a choice to make. You can play the victim of fate and sulk in the corner of the room, or you use the negativity as a learning experience. Remember what we learned from Rocky, when you are given everything, after a while you become bored. He was willing to go to Hell and experience negativity rather then face more boredom.

out of body

This goes well with my philosophy in life. What is the point of life? It’s to experience things. We are consciousness that incorporated into a biology suit to experience this virtual reality. We are living in a really big video game. The reason we can’t remember anything is because if we did, it would make the game pointless. It would be boring. We’re here to experience things, so go out and have experiences.

The Good with the Bad

The philosophy I described gives you a certain freedom from dwelling on the bad. It lets you look at the situation with the mindset that it may be bad, but at least I’m not bored. You will start to take bad things in stride as part of the overall experience of living. Don’t be crippled by the negative experiences in your life.

With this philosophy, the bad becomes better, and the good becomes great. Everything becomes part of the reason of why we are here. Besides accepting the bad things that happen, we should also be striving to have good experiences every day. This will ensures growth and a rich life.

Boredom is the enemy

Whenever you find yourself getting into the same routine every day that you hate, change it the hell up. When I was working my 9-5 I was so bored with my day to day activity. I was ready and willing to face some adversity rather than relegate myself to more years of boredom.

If you find yourself in the same situation as I did, the key is to take repetitive action to change your subconscious programming. Most of the day you will be running on programs in your subconscious and you can’t just change them by thinking about doing something different. Repetitive action is the key. Go and do likewise.

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81) A Nice Place to Visit (The Twilight Zone)

Okay, this is also a pretty well-known episode of the Twilight Zone. Granted, the title itself makes it pretty obvious what is happening in the episode, since the expression is “A nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

It’s Hell. Hell is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. I know that’s a weird thing to write, but it’s got a nice, warm climate, right? Sorry, spoiler alert from something 50 years old. Also, the Allies won WWII.

SUMMARY

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The story’s pretty simple. Henry “Rocky” Valentine (Larry Blyden) gets killed robbing a pawn shop. He wakes up to find a guide and servant ready to attend to his every need named “Pip” (Sebastian Cabot). Rocky is skeptical at first, not yet understanding that he’s dead, until he shoots Pip, only to find that Pip is bulletproof. He declares that Pip must be his guardian angel because he’s never been treated so well in his life. After spending his free time with women, victims, and gambling, Rocky becomes curious what he did to deserve to get into Heaven. Upon retrieving his record, the audience is informed that, if anything, Rocky’s life stands as a testament that he is the kind of person who absolutely shouldn’t get into paradise. The only reason he didn’t have “Serial Rapist” and “Domestic Abuser” on his file is that they weren’t allowed to say those words on TV back then.

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Actually, this episode was one of the most censored episodes of the Twilight Zone (which, in light of a few others that are on this list, is an impressive claim). It turns out that Rocky was originally going to be even more crass and direct with women than he was in the final episode of the show. Despite the fact that the episode would show that such a person GOES TO HELL, the censors nixed it. Note, of course, that he was allowed to be a multiple murderer and torturer of animals, he just couldn’t call a woman “stacked.” America is weird about stuff.

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In the end, Rocky is driven to the point of madness because, first, it is his private paradise, so he can’t see any of his old friends, and second, because it is too perfect. Nothing is unpredictable. There is no chance. If he commits a crime, he’ll get away with it, unless he says he doesn’t want to get away with it. He can kill, screw, whatever, but all of his victims will be both fake and willing. In a desperate plea, he begs Pip that heaven is wrong for him, and that clearly he belongs in “the other place,” only to have Pip laugh demonically and inform him that of course, he is in “the other place.”

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This episode is one of my favorite versions of hell, because it allows for a chance for anyone to be redeemed. Think about it, the damned gets whatever he wants. It’s his desire to inflict pain on himself and others that keeps him from being happy. He could ask for books on philosophy and inner strength so that he could learn to be happy in solitude. He could ask for a place to work on projects and discover new things about the world. He could probably even ask for forgiveness from God. The thing is, a person like Rocky Valentine would probably take eternity to think of any of those things. Especially since, in the circumstances, he’s not being tortured to his limits, he’s just driving himself crazy every day. It’s a perfectly fair hell, because, if God really loves people, he’d only want them to suffer as long as they don’t understand their mistake.

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A Nice Place to Visit

a nice place to visit

Every now and then I’ll see something on television that will remind me of the Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone is unquestionably the greatest television show of all time. Think about the garbage that is on television today and the comparison is laughable. The only comparable shows in terms of writing and acting may be Breaking Bad or The Wire, but for me, I’ll still take The Twilight Zone any day.

There are so many good episodes of The Twilight Zone, but one in particular has always stuck with me as memorable and terrifying at the same time. That episode was “A Nice Place to Visit”.

The episode starts off with a criminal named Rocky robbing a store after killing the guard. The police come and chase him down an alley, after a shootout, he is shot and left to die. He wakes up and a strange old man named Pip is standing over him. Pip helps him up and starts giving him anything he wants. Eventually Rocky realizes he’s dead and that Pip is his guardian angel. He believes he went to heaven and is now getting anything and everything he wants as a reward. Eventually he gets tired of winning everything and starts to believe he went to the wrong place. He thinks he should go to the other place. It’s then that Pip reveals that he is in fact in the other place.

This episode really freaked me out when I was a kid. There’s a number of subtle things that happen that are really weird. In one scene, Rocky has a bunch of attractive women come to his hotel room. He tells them to wait in the bedroom while he talks to Pip. After a minute he goes to check up on them. He says something to them and then does a double take and looks back in the room as if something was wrong. He just kinda shrugs and walks away. This was never explained. What the hell were the women doing? It’s left off camera and always disturbed me.

Another great scene is when Rocky wants Pip to eat the food prepared for him because he thinks it’s been poisoned. Pip refuses and claims he “forgot how”. This always cracked me up. How could Rocky not know something was up when Pip says he forgot how to eat?

The reason that this episode freaked me out was because this version of Hell was so realistic. I grew up Catholic, so I heard stories about Hell early on in life. Whenever I thought of Hell, I would always think of a fire pit, and demons running around torturing you. It wasn’t until I saw this episode that I realized what true Hell was-unending boredom.

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Be Thankful for the Struggle

A lot of the blogs that I read in the freedom niche talk about financial freedom and what to do with your money once you have it. Investing, world travel, surfing, and buying things usually fill this space. These are all pleasurable activities. For most of us, the way to get to that state is you have to go through some hardship. What if you didn’t though?

The highs aren’t nearly as high in your life if you don’t have to go through lows to get there. You have no frame of reference if you never had to face adversity. There are many who have to endure this fate in life. People who are born rich will always have in the back of their head that they only accomplished something because they had a head start in life. There isn’t much risk when they start an endeavor and they have the money to finance everything. When their plans work out, they don’t experience as much joy because they didn’t start from the bottom.

Another example of this is when you see a naturally gifted athlete who isn’t a real competitor. For years they get by on the fact that they were given a gift. This makes them lazy a lot of the time. The training and practice it takes to be the best are seen to them as beneath them. They never had to work to win, why start now? Then they get to a level where everyone is almost as good, or better than them, and they start losing. They usually aren’t very good losers.

iverson practice

An example of someone like this was BJ Penn. He was a great MMA fighter who was incredibly fast. It was always a question of what BJ would show up for the fight. If he trained diligently, he would dominate. If he got beat badly, it would come out that he slacked off in his training. This happened a lot. Another example was the NBA star Allen Iverson. Iverson was also very fast, but refused to build any strength. This hurt him later in his career when his speed started to fade. He was also famous for a press conference in which he declared he didn’t need practice.

What is life?

Bad things will inevitably happen to you in life. When they do happen, you have a choice to make. You can play the victim of fate and sulk in the corner of the room, or you use the negativity as a learning experience. Remember what we learned from Rocky, when you are given everything, after a while you become bored. He was willing to go to Hell and experience negativity rather then face more boredom.

out of body

This goes well with my philosophy in life. What is the point of life? It’s to experience things. We are consciousness that incorporated into a biology suit to experience this virtual reality. We are living in a really big video game. The reason we can’t remember anything is because if we did, it would make the game pointless. It would be boring. We’re here to experience things, so go out and have experiences.

The Good with the Bad

The philosophy I described gives you a certain freedom from dwelling on the bad. It lets you look at the situation with the mindset that it may be bad, but at least I’m not bored. You will start to take bad things in stride as part of the overall experience of living. Don’t be crippled by the negative experiences in your life.

With this philosophy, the bad becomes better, and the good becomes great. Everything becomes part of the reason of why we are here. Besides accepting the bad things that happen, we should also be striving to have good experiences every day. This will ensures growth and a rich life.

Boredom is the enemy

Whenever you find yourself getting into the same routine every day that you hate, change it the hell up. When I was working my 9-5 I was so bored with my day to day activity. I was ready and willing to face some adversity rather than relegate myself to more years of boredom.

If you find yourself in the same situation as I did, the key is to take repetitive action to change your subconscious programming. Most of the day you will be running on programs in your subconscious and you can’t just change them by thinking about doing something different. Repetitive action is the key. Go and do likewise.

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