Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

I must be feeling better, because I found myself thinking about some odd things driving yesterday:

Various societies have their own mythologies. In school we learned about Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies, at least superficially, but I had a whole different set of mythologies that I learned from the media in my formative years.

Certain things stuck in my mind:

Bears stole picnic baskets from campers in our National Parks, but were otherwise quite friendly. (Yogi Bear, etc.)

Beagles shined shoes, but later turned into superheroes who did bad rhymes. (Underdog)

Rabbits could consistently outsmart hunters. They also could ruin modern weapons by sticking their fingers in the muzzle. (Bugs Bunny)

Roadrunners could outrun anything.

No matter what, if you need money, it'll come from somewhere, and if you get it stupidly, you'll be forgiven for it. (The Honeymooners, The Flintstones).

Police officers are gentle, friendly folks. (Andy Griffith).

A pig is smarter than a farmer. (Green Acres).

Bashing and poking someone is normal, and done among friends. (The Three Stooges).

So many opinions that were shaped in me changed as I aged, but too many of my underlying assumptions are still colored by these things.

Curious to realize that...
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