Click below for a one-minute song that would be labeled ‘hate speech’ by a loud, misguided minority today: “It's easy to say ‘It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes … Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” (Fred Rogers)
Is there room a Mr. Rogers today? Rhetorical of course. Yes, this sweet human who helped raise - how many millions - would have no seat the table today.
Could he have ever imagined this world? Doubtful. I could not have and yet... here we are. Thanks, Mickey. It does make you nostalgic.
One of the things that made him such a great educator was the gentle, calm way in which he promoted the cultivation of grace and dignity. Even sheltered lives have vicissitudes and need those qualities. We used to call the milder, universal eventualities (e.g. puberty) "growing pains". A mindful approach eases the stress and strain, and trains the practitioner for harder struggles.
I grew up on Mister Rogers. Back then, some found him creepy.
My family didn't think so. They saw him as a good influence on us kids. Even sesame Street was pretty good at the time!
He was just a sweet hearted guy who cared about kids learning new things.
I am on the side with the guy wearing a hand knit sweater because I do too.
As to the question how soon?
At every opportunity!
The message is so wonderful and is the message a good helper community would offer to anyone who feels dissatisfied with herself. Everyone is fancy. Yet, we have a consumerism toxin that poisons us with the opposite. I could b fancier with the right body, the right clothes, the right lover, the right gender. It helps that we make a lot of money from making people fancier.
If Mr. Rodgers woke up today, he would think he was on the wrong planet!
Loved it, I like the way the clips showed him grow older, still as sweet as ever.
then this played next: Interviews with r. Rogers. https://youtu.be/BvDUUqcUP3Y
Several years ago there was a film about the Esquire article, “Can you say hero?” and the reformative influence of Mr Rogers on the jaded journalist tasked with writing his profile.
The article was published as the Neighborhood was poised to close shop and became one of the most heralded profiles of our time.
People never tire of kindness and love is not a trend but the best and most enduring thing that we are capable of manifesting.
Incidentally, as many of you will remember, Mr Rogers was steeped in psychology and spirituality and he and his wife were classical pianists.
I believe he saw what was coming and tried to mitigate it much as possible. I’m sad he is no longer with us, but glad he didn’t have to see the horrors of today’s ideology. 🥺