The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 29

The Obsolete Man

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Aired Unknown Jun 02, 1961 on CBS

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    • Wordsworth: There is a God!
      Chancellor: You are in error, Mr. Wordsworth. There is no God! The State has proven that there is no God!
      Wordsworth: You cannot erase God with an edict!
      Chancellor: You are obsolete, Mr. Wordsworth.
      Wordsworth: A lie! No man is obsolete.
      Chancellor: You have no function, Mr. Wordsworth. You're an anachronism, like a ghost from another time.
      Wordsworth: I am nothing more than a reminder to you that you cannot destroy truth by burning pages.
      Chancellor: You're a bug, Mr. Wordsworth! A crawling insect. An ugly, misinformed little creature who has no purpose here, no meaning.
      Wordsworth: I am a human being!
      Chancellor: You're a librarian, Mr. Wordsworth! You're a dealer in books and two cent fines and pamphlets and closed stacks and the musty insides of a language factory that spews out meaningless words on an assembly line. Words, Mr. Wordsworth, that have no substance and no dimension, like air, like the wind, like a vacuum that you make-believe has an existence by scribbling index numbers on little cards.
      Wordsworth: I don't care. I tell you I don't care. I'm a human being. I exist! And if I speak one thought aloud, that thought lives! Even after I'm shoveled into my grave.

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