LIVING BACKWARDS

Posted by: David Kuo A long time ago in what seems like a galaxy far, far away - in other words when I was in elementary school in the mid-1970s there was this curious TV show we would sometimes watch in class. I think it was called “Back-a-land” or some such. Except it wasn’t that because I googled back-a-land and nothing appeared save for a Scottish town and some movement called “Back-to-the-land” in which property owners were encouraged to build small-scale gardens producing food for them and others. But that was popularized in the early 1900s and I’m not quite that old.

No, in backaland words took on opposite definitions. Down was up and slow was fast and hot cold and so on and so forth. I loved Backaland. It was delightfully subversive. And as an elementary school boy the more subversive something was the better.

Second chances are delightfully subversive. They take the discarded and turn them into pieces of art. They make the shamed brag about their failures. They can turn the adulterer into the most faithful of spouses. They take the lost and save them.

CS Lewis famously wrote that we only want things we were created to want. We desire sex because we were created for it. We want food because we need it.

I always thought it would be fun to live in Back-a-land. Maybe that’s because I was made to.

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