This video was briefly posted on the site a few days ago, but I wanted to add my two cent to was in my opinion more than your average tribute video. The beat and music are very cool and quite catchy, this is true, but I submit to you that the video captures and exemplifies the message that Fred Rogers spent his lifetime promoting. The power of imagination, of discovery, of curiosity, of both learning ABOUT and contributing TO the world around us. Perhaps the most important point, that our greatest resource in this lifelong journey, is each other.
And, of course, the video is virtually radiating nostalgia. The imagery is characteristically typical of 80s PBS production quality awesomeness. After watching this, I realized (sadly) that a Mr. Rogers simply wouldn’t be on the air in the current cultural climate of today. A figure like him would be met with suspicion if not outright scorn. In the 90s the internet was awash in false rumors of Mr. Rogers’ past service as a sniper in Vietnam (completely fabricated), and memes alluding to what people characterized as his overall creepiness. I would posit that this reveals more about our own evolving cynicism than any character flaws on the part of Mr. Rogers.
The fact that many people today would consider the messages put forth by Mr. Rogers as quaint or even trite, is indicative of a greater societal failure, I believe. It reveals a national, perhaps global trend toward isolation, distrust, and too-cool-for-school irony that separates us ever further from the truths we took to be self-evident when we were all children, that the world around us is waiting to be discovered every single day for the rest of our lives. The world hasn’t lost one bit of it’s wonder, if it seems that way it’s only because we’ve lost our sense of wonder about it, and also about each other. We can’t let that happen, neighbors. Remember, today is a very special day, because you and I are here together.