Thursday, February 27, 2003

It's not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Fred Rogers died today.

I liked Fred Rogers.

As a child, he inspired me to use my head and THINK. His show never scared the crap out of me. (Yes, my kid sister shat herself the first time she saw that evil COUNT bastard on Sesame Street)

He was a kind man, trying to educate and inspire children. Not to sell them a bunch of purple god-damn dinosaur droppings.

When he gave the commencement address at Vermont's Middlebury College in 2001 it was full of positive inspiration, not coated in cynicism, racism, hatred, marketing, or any of the other cheap crap that infests our society.

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I wonder if you've heard what happened at the Seattle Special Olympics a few years ago? For the 100 yard dash, there were nine contestants, all of them so-called physically or mentally disabled. All nine of them assembled at the starting line; and, at the sound of the gun they took off---but one little boy stumbled and fell and hurt his knee and began to cry.

The other eight children heard the boy crying. They slowed down, turned around, saw the boy and ran back to him---every one of them ran back to him. One little girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed the boy and said, "This will make it better."

The little boy got up, and he and the rest of the runners linked their arms together and joyfully walked to the finish line. They all finished the race at the same time. And when they did, everyone in the stadium stood up and clapped and whistled and cheered for a long, long time.

People who were there are still telling the story with obvious delight. And you know why? Because deep down we know that what matters in this life is much more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.

Beside my chair in my office is a framed piece of calligraphy with a sentence from Saint Exupery's book, The Little Prince. It reads: "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." (What is essential is invisible to the eye.) I feel the closer we get to knowing and living the truth of that sentence, the closer we get to wisdom."

What is essential about you that is invisible to the eye? And who are those who have helped you become who you are today?

Copyright Fred Rogers


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I would like to add, that he had a character in his trainset with a motorcycle, and he never portrayed motorcyclists in a bad light on the show. The man offered simple, positive, educational, affirmational messages, to ALL kids.

So you don't like Mr. Rogers? Fine. He taught me that everyone has their own choice.

I think I am going to go try to help out someone I know, right now.

rest of yas, can kiss my kiester if ya don;t like it.

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