Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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Who else better to remind us the value of kindness, than the man who taught many of us for the first time what kindness actually looks like? 2018 needs this, like right now.

We tend to think of it in very negative terms, but this movie reminded me just how extremely radical Fred Rogers was. Not just for his time, but period. He was ferociously kind. He really does cut through all of the excuses, reasons and justifications of why we do what we think we should do, and shows us what is most important about us as individuals, and how to respect that about ourselves, and others.

I think that we have failed Fred. We failed to apply what we learned as children to the adults we became. We lost the hope he saw in us every episode, with every greeting. I want to do more to inspire people to find and be fueled by that same hope.

I never really said it aloud, but before I post any story on my DIYKarma FB page, I ask myself if Mister Rogers would find it fascinating. If the answer is a reflexive “yes,” then it gets posted. If I have to think about it, I’ll pass. I have always felt that the world needs more “practical kindness,” and that pet project is my way of honoring the man who inspired it.

I was surprised about how brutally honest this documentary was. It really did get me in the feels, and not all of those feels were warm and fuzzy. Very unapologetically, it shows how awesome Fred was, and also why he was (and still is) very necessary. As a guy who does not cry at movies, this one will water your eyes.

Remember being that kid who grew up on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? Be that kid now. Fred is no longer with us in life, but he can live through us in spirit. We owe him (and ourselves) that.

 

 

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