The Inner Light, Visitors Webcast Extra

1993 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
“The Inner Light” was the first television program
to be so honored in 26 years.

This article relates to Don Jackson's February 20 2013 webcast titled “Visitors”.

Play Visitors, February 20 2013 Webcast

Following the February 15 2013 coincidence of two cosmic events occuring on the same day, specifically an asteroid's close passage to our planet and a meteor exploding over Russia, Don speaks to the human condition with reference to one of the best scenes found in science-fiction.

The end of the Star Trek episode named “The Inner Light” to which Don makes reference, can be viewed here to the right.  The episode is noted as perhaps the pinnacle of science-fiction on television, it has no villains, no conflict, no plot twist, and no techno-babble.

Screenwriter and television producer Morgan Gendel named the episode after “The Inner Light”, a song written by George Harrison released by The Beatles as the flip-side (B) to their “Lady Madonna” single:

Without going out of my door
I can know all things on earth
Without looking out of my window
I could know the ways of heaven

The lyrics of Harrison's song are in turn based on the 47th chapter of the Taoist Tao Te Ching:

Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place) under the sky; without looking out from his window, one sees the Tao of Heaven. The farther that one goes out (from himself), the less he knows. Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; gave their (right) names to things without seeing them; and accomplished their ends without any purpose of doing so.

According to Gendel, the song “captured the theme of the show: that Picard experienced a lifetime of memories all in his head.”  The “Visitors” webcast is located at:

Steve McEachern, February 21 2013 

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