Ultimately, we may all be faced with a stark choice between good and evil. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:
In the summer of 1985 I was taking some college classes at a nearby university and working two part-time jobs. Most nights I was involved with a local martial arts club and on the weekends I would spend time with one of my two girlfriends. Although that last part may sound somewhat sordid, in reality, it was pretty harmless. The girls both knew of each other and understood I was taking some time to decide. Unfortunately for them, however, I left both behind upon meeting another gal that July. She is my wife today.
Looking back at those few months centered between the fall and spring seasons of that year, I believe it was the time in my life where I felt the most autonomous and carefree. It was also the summer that I read Stephen King’s, “The Stand”. Although the book was published as a hardcover in 1978, my version (which I still own) was the 1980 paperback edition that changed the story’s timeline to events beginning in June of 1985. Ironically, this was the very month when I started reading the book. The coincidence resonated with me at the time and was what I considered to be a universe-inspired “agreement”; a designation I picked up while reading Carlos Castaneda’s “Don Juan” some years before.
A classic novel of good versus evil, “The Stand” was also later produced as a television and comic series. It depicts the breakdown of American society following the inadvertent airborne dispensation of a mutant flu virus from a military laboratory in Texas. After a short while, the pandemic killed 99.4% of the global population. In America, the extant wandering individuals and scanty bands of straggling survivors began to coalesce while being preternaturally sifted by dreams of a 100+ year-old Negro woman from Nebraska as the representative of good; and a Caucasian man with long hair, wearing a denim jacket, blue jeans, and ever smiling, as the quintessential archetype of pure evil.
To continue reading: THE STAND: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea