Monday, October 19, 2009
Push the button and receive $1,000,000.00, but
someone you don't know will die. I saw the trailer for The Box on the flight home from LaGuardia this week. I had no idea this story had been made into a movie, which shows how out of touch I am with pop culture. It was $200,000 in Button, Button, one of the few [original] Twilight Zone episodes I remember, but the story was so good that it has stuck with me all these years. (A Google search turns up the newer version -- which looks very cheesy.) The button on the box still looks the same!
It got me thinking... there should be a story called Ballot, Ballot. A man will show up at your house with a box with a button (covered by a protective dome!) Perhaps the button should be do-nut shaped; you know, like a great big "O." You push the button and someone you don't know who makes more money than you do [today] will pay your taxes. Right after you push the button and experience the relief of knowing your tax problems are solved, there is a knock at the door. The man is back to collect the ballot box. On the way out he reassures you, "Thank you. Now the box can be given to someone you don't know."