“In nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things and obey not his commandments.”
“His hand in all things,” that makes it all beautiful. Oh what a picture! And, as you say, it’s dark night to us. It’s interesting how the Kabbalah talks about that, the dark side. The interesting thing is the dark side. We like to think of it, of course, in Star Wars terms: “Come over to the Dark Side!” The dark side never advertises itself as the dark side, they never say that. They say, “Come over to the light side, I am no devil.” The devil appears as the Prince of Light, a charming gentleman. He wins us over. The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us over with all this trifle. Because it is so simple now to divide. The Russians, they are the bad ones. Did you see the hockey game last night? Well within the last two minutes, we made the fifth goal. It was four and four, you see, and the thing was in the whole audience they were not cheering teams or sportsmanship or anything like that. Flags. Just a mass of American flags. That’s what we were here for, to show those Russians with nasty slogans being displayed and things like that. The idea of course is to abolish all that, that’s the idea of the Olympics. And we’re using it and we can’t say the Russians aren’t guilty of exploiting it too, pushing national interests and asserting invidious comparison of the worst kind. But all those ideals have gone down the drain. So we have reached that point where it’s time to bring down the curtain, when they should be swept from the surface of the land. Encouraging thought.
[Editor’s note: In this interview, Nibley appears to slip from talking about a recent hockey game he’d seen to referring to the famous “Miracle on Ice” game between the USA and USSR in the 1980 Olympics, which had occurred some years earlier.]