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flinstones verses the jetsons

04/02/2020 01:04:51 PM


Rabbi Dan Dorsch

With Zoom conference calls galore and religious services now online, it can feel like we are living in an exciting time. You might even be tempted to describe it as the era of the Jetsons.
But then again, have you watched an episode of the Jetsons recently? If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that the show is actually the worst of 1960s thinking wrapped into 2020 technology. Years into the future, the best the show’s writers can envision is George’s wife Jane as a house-wife, even though she only needs to push a button or call the robot maid to clean the house. You also realize that humanity is living seemingly miles above the surface of the earth: but, do any one of us stop to ask why? What environmental calamity happened to the surface of the earth that we currently inhabit that forced people to live and travel between platforms on the clouds?
If you ask me, the Flintstones had it right. 1960s ideas about women belong back in the Stone Age. They may not have screens on every wall, but Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty go bowling and socialize together. They live comfortably on the surface of the actual earth. We can easily imagine sharing a bagel with them at kiddush.
Forget the Jetsons. “Now we are enslaved: soon we may be free.” I can’t wait until this quarantine is over so we can go back to living (mostly) in the Stone Age.
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