Rocky Valentine is a small-time hood who has been on the wrong side of the law for most of his life. After robbing a pawn shop, he is gunned down by the police and awakens to be met by Mr. Pip, who describes himself as a guide to his new surroundings. Rocky can't quite believe where he's ended up as he can have anything he desires. He's living in a beautiful apartment, never loses at the casino and is always surrounded by beautiful women. What good deed could he have done in life to deserve this. After a month or so however the shine of having anything and everything wears off. Written by
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A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted - and he's going to have to live with it for eternity - in The Twilight Zone.
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The most powerful morality tale ever. What happens when you're given any paradise you can invent and you're so profoundly ignorant and foul-tempered you create a hell instead of a heaven for yourself??? Look closely at this piece and consider what percentage of the planet's population would shriek in agony if they were abandoned to a paradise no better than what only they, themselves', could conceive. Rod's concise, wildly hysterical illustration of the dissolute life of Rocky Valentine carries a clear message. Rod's two principal prescriptive ethics in 'a nice place to visit', he wishes us to follow are= 'YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THE PARADISE IN WHICH WE ALL OUGHT TO LIVE' and 'MAKE HONOR YOUR LIFE'S GOAL'. When we seek the good things in life as life's ultimate goal, as rocky does, no 'good' if ever qualitatively or quantitatively enough. Rod clearly prescribes that, in order that we may elude Rocky's fate we must use life's 'goods' and pleasures as a tool to fill us with goodwill and inspire us to 'go forth' and 'give back' to the world in ways that we personally define and continually improve.
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