Time To Keep It Simple serves as a record of my life as a traveler, writer, genealogist, photographer, target sports enthusiast, Rotarian, Mason, Jew, PR professional, and many other (mostly positive) things. In addition to this daily blog I am also the man behind the curtain (not named Oz) at gettingyourphil.blogspot.com and I previously blogged at fromgoytooleh.blogspot.com.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Is It A Beautiful Day In Your Neighborhood?
are many television programs that seem fascinating as a child but as we get
older we either begin to realize how bad they are or we think about how much
they have changed and the fact that Elmo must die. Even some of the good shows
that we remember watching when we were younger seem to lose a little something
when we either get the adult jokes (hello Fraggle Rock) or we watch them again
and see how horrible the acting really is. However, there is the occasional
program that, even years later, you look back and no matter how cheesy, simple,
or dated they are, they still hold a special place in your memory.
are also very few instances that I have experienced that makes you appreciate
those programs even more and have a greater respect for the show. Unfortunately,
this frequently happens when we watch a modern version, which is crap, and you
realize how good the original was. Then there are instances, like the one I had
this evening, when I watch a program that outlined the history of the program
and the man behind this long standing television series.
you watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood today you would think that it is all an
act, that no one can be that friendly and sincere in their daily life. Watching
"Mister Rogers & Me", you really come to realize that Fred Rogers was one of
those few people who refused to see the faults in people and made a conscious
decision to see the good in us all. He really believed that we are all special in many diverse ways (insert your own joke here).
there is no replacing the positive influence that your parents and family have
on who you are, especially in my case, you can’t help but think that shows like
this had some impact on us. Don’t get me wrong, I can be as cynical and combative
as the next person, but I also try to see the good in people. I enjoy talking
and getting to know people not really caring about what they do for a living
but who they really are. I guess that is why I can talk to just about anyone
and for long stretches of time. I guess, to a certain extent, I treat everyone
as a neighbor.
is the true legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It isn’t in the ratings,
awards, or longevity. It is in the small changes for the better that the show
has made in many of us years after the last time we watched it. It is about how
we see ourselves and how we treat one another. We may have different views,
divergent opinions, and strong disagreements but that doesn’t comprise all that
we are. That doesn’t mean we can respect each other and treat one another as
course, if you don’t want to be my neighbor this picture is for you….
if you refuse to respect my opinions as I respect yours this picture is definitely
case you missed it, the word of the day is sarcasm. Learn it, embrace it, and
let Trolley take you to the Neighborhood of Make Believe so we can all see
sarcasm in action through the use of hand puppets. What can I say, I'm not Mister Rogers but it is still a beautiful day
in the neighborhood, isn’t it?