The Mr. Rogers’ Garden of your Mind Remix (and some thoughts on us)

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.

Herb Hill

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7 thoughts on “The Mr. Rogers’ Garden of your Mind Remix (and some thoughts on us)

  1. Agreed. I thought they captured his message while also demonstrating some cool editing/producing skills. I can’t get that song out of my head for at least a day after I listen to it!

  2. Dar says:

    It’s a generation thing. The Baby Boomers were a different breed from their parents. Maybe more “tolerant”, but more cynical selfish.

    The 90’s saw the Boomers take power, and America since then hasn’t been quite the same.

  3. YES to all that. And add to your library and mind “The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers” and “You Are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor.” Double-and there are nice 5-show sets on Amazon, but they ain’t cheap.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree. Soon after my first son was born, I looked to see if Mr Rogers was still on the air in any fashion. Not finding it, we got some of his DVDs. My oldest son is just old enough to be able to watch and understand it.

    I watched his shows a lot growing up, and really think they helped me become a better human being. And, now that you bring it up, to maintain a sense of wonder.

    Thanks for reminding me.

  5. Rick says:

    this video was pure genius. I loved Mr Rogers Message and the man seemed to be a great human being. A book I recommend is “I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers”.

  6. Couldn’t agree more with the statements made in this entry. Mr. Roger’s was a true gentle sage/brahmin of his time and a truly positive force in the world.
    Today’s cynicism and general wash of ichor really disappoint me. I think that’s why I always refer to the days of youth as halcyon.

    I’m just glad his message still lives on and will hopefully fall into fashion again in the future.

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