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Leave It To Beaver

Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, Lassie, Rin-Tin-Tin? The Roy Rogers Show and other 1950s television shows are viewed by many in our modern times as unrealistic and lacking the portrayal of the seamier side of family life. Others complain that these shows are preachy and moralistic. Another common criticism is the lack of people of color, LGBT folks, and other marginalized parts of our culture were not represented or, if so, were shown in a bad light. While those criticisms have validity, these types of shows did provide a model for the way life should be, not as it actually was. Many children’s stories follow that same formula, showing a life lesson, and the best we can be. I am reminded of the question posed to a person in conflict after an elder told the story of the two wolves, one evil and one good. He asked an elder which wolf would he become – the evil, vicious one that would support his urge for acquiring wealth and power at any cost, or the one that would help him become a kinder, forgiving, and more helpful human being? The classic answer was – “whichever wolf you choose to feed”. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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