Everything we need to know we learned from PBS—Mr. Rogers testifies to Congress [Video]

This actually made me cry, a little—it’s like a real-life staging of one of those bullshiite tired Hollywood dramas that’s forever ripping off Miracle on 34th Street. “Looks like you just earned your $20 million dollars,” says the Congressman at the end. And wow—I actually feel like I learned, or remembered something about how to deal with anger…and boy, I’m 34. Makes me wish this gentle-man would be on the boob tube when I get around to having children.

With thanks to one of my oldest young friends, Jigme Daniels, for the heads up, comes this gem circa 1969, when Mr. Rogers testified before a Congress considering whether to fight Mr. Nixon’s proposed 50% cut of PBS’s budget. Bushi no Nasake!, Jigme says, whatever that means. Another friend, Dori, says of viewing this vid: It is so simple yet profound – I want to send it to Hamas and the Israelis, right now! Everything we need to know we learned in kindergarden….




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Cyndi Oct 5, 2012 8:00am

Thank you Waylon for sharing this powerful message from a man who's memory is always close to my heart, his neighborhood was one my children and I enjoyed and visited often.

maureen spain Oct 5, 2012 7:19am


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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.