“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”
Henry David Thoreau
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”
For my next installment in this series, I will talk about a show that I find fascinating on many levels: The Addams Family. Seemingly a sit-com about a group of misfits, based loosely on figures from horror films, whose adventures are fodder for laughter, it was actually a demonstration of a completely loving and functional family.
This unusual family, given to behavior that was not indicative of the so-called normal American clan, has had numerous incarnations since the late 1930s. Created by cartoonist Charles Addams, this family first was seen in The New Yorker and continued appearing there for several decades. Then, from 1964-1966, the family was featured in the sit-com on Television, complete with the catchy finger-snapping tune that so many people know. Several feature movies and a musical followed, so the characters continue on in new variations to this day.
As a child, I loved the silliness of the show as well as the Gothic atmosphere. I loved the classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s (which will become a later blog series I will write), and this show was evocative of those movies.
Today, I see a series with a far deeper meaning that what I perceived when I was very young. This family is not one of which people should be frightened. Rather, they could be held as an exemplar of a loving and in love couple, who after many years of marriage, still carry great chemistry in their relationship. They love their children and their extended family.
Additionally, this show interrogates the need that America seems to have for normalcy. We are taught that everyone should behave according to set standards, or we are somehow wrong. Certainly the members of the Addams clan do not abide by such behavioral proscriptions. They are able to define their own lives and live decently without harming other people. But they are different from others.
This point clearly speaks to the issue of bigotry and tolerance. While it does so metaphorically, it still make the necessary and vital stand that we, as a society, must embrace other people, no matter their differences: of gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, nationality, neuro-diversity, intelligence, and many other so-called divisions that are often applied to humanity. While always funny, The Addams Family is ultimately a show about understanding and inclusion, a theme that should resonate today.
Life is a story, waiting to be told
Poetry, stories and other literary pieces
I believe in the power of words and live in a chimera of my thoughts.
Words that need to be written and stories that need to be read.
Kavita Ramlal, Proudly South African
A Journey of Spiritual Significance
Author of "The Difference"
Buy a Book and a Painting created by me, because them are intelligent and beautiful.* Comanda acum o carte si o pictura create de mine pentru ca au la baza principiul estetic de frumos! * Telefon&WhatsApp:+40740.27.99.08/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
Because it feels right
A blog about whatever strikes my fancy. Copyright 2020.
Love is Joy!
Time. Truth. Hearts.
Laughter in the Wings
La musica non è nelle note, la musica è tra le note. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
WHEREVER YOU GO, GO WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
Truth of life
Stories that Stain the Heart & Mend the Mind
Where strangers are family.
Simplicity in food and travel
Travelling is a good way to make your life different as well as fitness and a balanced diet.
The Journey Home
E del viaggio nulla mi resta se non quella nostalgia. (N. Hikmet)
Author of the "Blue Star" Book Series
Teaching + Traveling + Lifestyle
a lifestyle blog by another unqualified twenty something, just like you
Daniel Kemp's Wanderings
Dancing with Lightning, In the Space Between Raindrops
An opinionated girl penning down her thoughts.🌸❤
Att vara annorlunda/att inte passa in i samhällets ramar
Little Secrets Lead To Big Success
#Travel #Company in #Nepal