My love for obsession with The X-Files, resurrected to its fullest force with the announcement of a special six episode special event, has come as a surprise to those of you who know me mainly for my posts on community building and personal development and as the author of the Spirit Within Club series. (On an amusing side note, this obsession of mine came as little to no surprise to those of you who know me as the author of Chills: A Short Story Collection; one particular message, comparing the spooky factor of those stories to that in X-Files totally made my day.)
Many of you have asked me why I like The X-Files so much. There are many reasons for this love—such as a fascination with the paranormal, an admiration for the chemistry between Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, a deep appreciation for the work of the supporting cast, loving Chris Carter’s take on government conspiracies and alien abductions—but one stands out the most, one that will no doubt make readers of this blog nod their heads in understanding: the main reason I love this show is the respectful, loving way with which two different people with drastically different points of views are able, for so many years, to constructively work together, putting their differing opinions and world views together to solve the most impossible of cases.
The way I see it, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder understood the basics of consultation, which they constantly used in their working relationship. They tried to understand one another, respecting the other’s opinion even when thoroughly frustrated with one another, while staying true to who they are. This greatly helped them with their work on The X-Files. I can only imagine what a positive impact it would have on us at so many levels—in our families, in our communities, in our countries—if we were able to do the same. And for that matter, how amazing would the comments section be if readers were able to adhere to these same principles?