The WGC Cadillac Championship is on, and I’ve been watching it a lot this weekend. I feel myself getting frustrated at not playing–kind of a shame, I have to say–but the weather continues in terrible chill and humidity around here. Still, I’ve had a nice day with Jacqi–just quiet, relaxing, and little to worry me.
We’ve been watching M*A*S*H a lot lately–kind of a retrospective look at the show. The abiding theme of the show, of course, was mutual support and kindness. The likable characters–Hawkeye, BJ, Trapper (the TV show never relates how he got the name Trapper. Suffice to say that it is worth reading the book to find out) and especially Henry Blake set a standard for kindness. The despicable Frank Burns, portrayed thanklessly by Larry Linville, and Flagg, the CIA guy, exemplified the things that make people dislikable.
Not many TV shows last nine years–the audience loses interest in most shows quickly, and a show that hits and skids quickly never gets a chance to develop. But it needs more than attractive character–it needs a unifying theme.
M*A*S*H’s enduring appeal has to do with how the people in the show maintained a positive attitude in the midst of horrendous, horrifying circumstances. The show showed the characters speaking well, being kind, and accepting the oddities of others. The ones who didn’t were ostracized. May I remember, this week, the value of being kind–not dwelling on things of eccentricities.