Earlier this week, an Internet meme amused me.
In its first of two panels, the image showed the faces of the characters of the classic movie “Star Wars” — robot C-3PO, Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and young Luke Skywalker — as they stared ahead. Below them was the film quote, “You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
The second panel showed the characters from behind, but the panorama before them was not Mos Eisley space port on the planet of Tatooine. Instead it showed the U.S. Congress in session.
I shared it online with a friend, who commented she was coming to agree with its sentiments more and more. Dangerously, her words made me reflect, and I realized I could not embrace the meme’s cynicism...