Wednesday, July 24, 2013
"I Gotta Be Me!"
One episode of the show, "Wilson's World," features Tim's neighbor and frequent advice-giver doing a live performance where he shares his knowledge and experiences with various cultures worldwide. The next morning, a reviewer in the paper criticizes Wilson, bashing his apparent lack of everyday experiences: going to ball games, attending rock concerts, etc. Immediately after reading it, Wilson decides to buy a television set, and attempts to hang out with Tim's friends while they watch an NBA game. Wilson immediately begins discussing the German equivalent of basketball, which makes Tim's friend Harry--the one who owned the hardware store--complain. Wilson immediately mutes the TV and keeps on talking, which causes Harry and Tim's other friend Benny to leave. When Wilson laments about that turn of events, Tim quotes Sammy Davis, Jr.: "I gotta be me!"
When I first heard that story, I was dismayed by one fact: How many Christians in America watch the same show, without caring one bit about how such actions violate Biblical commandments? More recently, though, when thinking about that, I realized one thing: If you take away my different interests--shopping/bargain hunting, kiddie television and movies, libraries, etc.--and replace them with what's "cool" and "hip," you don't have me anymore. My interests, whether you like them or not, are a very big part of who I am.