THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
World literature's greatest lesson: Conundra concerning Comey the God had us thinking, early this morning, about the greatest moral lesson in all of world literature.
We refer to the old Superman episode involving Chuckles the Clown.
(We re-watched the famous episode a few years back. The clown's name wasn't actually Chuckles, but the story sounds better that way.)
The story went like this:
Chuckles the Clown was about to hold his annual benefit show for the children. Because Chuckles always raised so much money, some criminals decided to dress someone up like Chuckles the Clown and steal the children's money.
They kidnapped the real Chuckles the Clown. The counterfeit Chuckles performed the show and stole the children's money.
As this was happening, the real Chuckles escaped from the cellar where he'd been imprisoned. He began pursuing the counterfeit Chuckles, determined to get the children's money back.
The two clowns looked exactly alike. They ended up struggling on the roof of a tall building. By now, Superman and Lois Lane were involved in the chase.
As the two clowns struggled near the edge of the roof, one threw the other off the roof, then lost his balance and fell off himself. Forced to make a terrible choice, Superman swooped down and saved the first clown, the one who had been pushed.
As it turned out, he'd saved the real Chuckles the Clown. The children got their money.
As the program neared its end, Lois was left with a question. "There's one thing I don't understand," she said to Superman. "How did you know which of the two was the real Chuckles the Clown?"
Muscles rippling, Superman delivered world literature's greatest moral lesson:
"It was easy, Lois," he masterfully said. "I knew the real Chuckles could never have thrown another man to his death."
The analysts return from their carrels: We're thinking of episode 16, season 2. Why not just click here?
Years after it aired, the famous episode was mentioned by someone in our college dorm. A surprising number of college sophomores remembered the episode, agreeing that it contained world literature's greatest moral lesson.
Struggles over Comey the God brought it to mind today.