Watching an old episode of the Twilight Zone, the story’s about a simple back hill country man Mr. Simpson. While on an after supper excursion with his dog Rip, the dog falls victim to deep water while chasing a coon. Old Mr. Simpson dives on in to save the poor dog. Upon waking the next morning on the bank of the pond they shortly realize they’ve died together and will now proceed down a simple country wagon road toward a wooden gate manned by a gate keeper.
Thinking the gate keeper to be St. Peter, Mr. Simpson is about to enter when his dog Rip is turned away. When informed there is no coon hunting in heaven, he declines to enter. Saying he’s simple folk, with simple wants and if heaven is to high fa-luting to accept his dog Rip, then it’s not the place he wants to be. Being sent on his way to travel the eternal road to no where he heads the other way.
Shortly on this opposite direction he meets up with another gentlemen who wants to welcome him to heaven. Stating the previous gate was a clever disguise used as an entrance to hell. He explains heaven will welcome both him and his dog and he can be assured his Old Woman, Rachael will be following shortly and won’t have any problem with the the trickery of the previous gate.
A simple story about common folk who for the most part want for little and respect the opinions and place of others. With little or no education he was able to take the time to carefully figure out his circumstances without jumping to conclusions. Seemingly simple, but in reality able to quietly ponder on a problem and reason out what he should do next. Finding his reward at the end of the journey.
Sure hope the Twilight Zone isn’t the only place to find such a comfortable and pleasant way to pass from this life to the next. With the complications of the world we live in, to be able to take a quite stroll down a deserted back woods country trail seems like the ideal way to take the eternal journey.
Without a life long passion for a specific religion, just a deep rooted understanding and feeling of what is right or wrong. Willing to give people the benefit of the doubt until proven differently. Calmly and politely stating your difference of opinion, while still respecting the right of those who are of a different view. Having the wisdom to be patient, not immediately accepting the first thing to come along.
All values that should gain you access to a rewarding after life. Hopefully found well beyond the realm of the Twilight Zone.