GOT, Archie Bunker and What Comes Next

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

–     Lyric from “Closing Time,” by Semisonic 

“Anything that causes people to talk and think and wonder and imagine and delight is making inroads for the human species.”

–     96-year-old Norman Lear, creator of the great, cutting-edge sitcoms of the early 1970’s, quoted in an interview in today’s Wall Street Journal

A TV theme for today.

Game of Thrones ended last night.  Masterful story-telling and sensational production effects.  No spoilers here, other than to say it was not what I expected.

All in The Family and The Jeffersons will be aired on ABC Wednesday night with new casts playing the old roles (Archie, Edith, George, “Weezie,” et al…).

These shows were the trend setters of the their times, at markedly different ends of the entertainment spectrum and in markedly different times in our society’s evolution.

And that’s where the Semisonic lyric comes in.  Something ends.  Something new begins.  The key is what will we find in the new beginning that may break the patterns, at least the ones we want to break.

What can be found West of our Westeros?  Does peace and rest for the soul await in the North?  Will we learn from the way we react to someone different moving into or out of the house next door, or the argument with our “Meathead” son-in-law, like Archie Bunker?  What will we do?  Next?

Every event has a beginning and an end.  Every day has a beginning and an end.  Every one of those beginnings comes from yesterday’s beginning’s end.

We have to be in the moment, but we can’t get so wrapped up in the moment that we lose sight of the fact that it will be followed by another moment, another day.  Until it’s not.  Until then, all we can do is think, wonder, imagine and delight, while we try to get it closer and closer to right.

What are today’s beginnings, and from what ends did they arise?  Let’s see what we can make of them, and how much of a difference that approach makes.


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