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(Good Reads)   "Love isn't a state of perfect caring. 'Love' is an active noun, like 'struggle.' To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now." Happy birthday, Fred Rogers   (goodreads.com) divider line 28
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2014-03-24 06:10:21 PM  
14 votes:
Fred Rogers is one of those truly wonderful human beings that is rightly revered by virtually everybody.  He was a truly gentle man who wanted above all for everyone to know that they were valuable and loved, and to teach others how to love people the way he did.  We could use a lot more like him.  I try to do my part, even if it's small and even if I don't always live up to it, because I know that Mr. Rogers would approve of the striving.

RIP Mr. Rogers.  You can ALWAYS be my neighbor.
2014-03-24 06:13:35 PM  
7 votes:
The Slacktivist recently shared one of his favorite quotes from Fred Rogers. It's about how to deal with the existence of so much tragedy and so much awful behavior. He said that whenever you see a disaster, look for the helpers, the people moving towards the disaster to help those caught in it. They are  always there, and they are the reason we should have hope.

In honor of his memory, I'm pledging to always look for the helpers and to do my best to be one when the time comes.
2014-03-24 05:57:27 PM  
4 votes:
That's a man who I wish I could be more like.
2014-03-24 08:11:28 PM  
3 votes:
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

―  Fred Rogers

This quotation sounds like the sayings of Zen Masters and mystics that are quoted in my Zen page-a-day calenders. Some of them bring tears to my eyes, and this is one, now two, that are traceable to Fred Rogers.

Mrs. Rogers, on the basis of those two statements, clearly taught her son well. There's a depth, sincerity and simpleness of wisdom there. My family tree has a number of Saints: Saint Begga, Saint Margaret, Saint Arnulf (aka Arnold). It has a number of Venerables as well, including the Founder of the Order of the Grey Nuns. Children used to pursue them in the streets of Montreal chanting "les soeurs grises! les soeurs grises!" which means the grey sisters but also the drunken sisters.

I'd trade the lot of them for Mrs. Rogers. She was a saint. The Devil's Advocate could not find fault with a woman whose son says such things or was as patient and kindly as her son Fred.

Indians would say that she was an avatar of some great saint or god. The Greeks would say that she was an epiphany. The mystics would say that she was a ruby beyond measure.

Oddly enough, she was a Presbyterian. More proof for my theory that Scottish women are a separate race from their men. Such things have happened--entire armies have settled down with native wives, with the women maintaining the old language and culture for centuries, separate from the language and culture of their menfolk. Perhaps she is the remnant of an ancient race of wise women. Better still, she might be a harbinger or false dawn of a higher type of human yet to come.
2014-03-24 06:35:38 PM  
3 votes:
Fred Rogers was a brilliant and beautiful man. His was the brilliance and beauty that comes from a deep humility, and a love that transcends boundaries.
2014-03-24 06:33:58 PM  
3 votes:
I remember growing up and watching his show, and being the dork that I am, I always tried to guess which color sweater he would wear that day. There was something about how he did the same thing each day that I found comforting. He is truly one of the good people that walked this Earth, a man who always tried to bring a smile to someone's face. There was a fascinating article that I read a couple of weeks ago about a reporter who followed him around everywhere for a couple of days, and how that experience changed him. Sadly, my Google-Fu is weak and I cannot remember where I read it; I think it was a large magazine/paper like the New Yorker or Rolling Stone. Ugh...
2014-03-24 06:30:30 PM  
3 votes:

Some 'Splainin' To Do: The Slacktivist recently shared one of his favorite quotes from Fred Rogers. It's about how to deal with the existence of so much tragedy and so much awful behavior. He said that whenever you see a disaster, look for the helpers, the people moving towards the disaster to help those caught in it. They are  always there, and they are the reason we should have hope.

In honor of his memory, I'm pledging to always look for the helpers and to do my best to be one when the time comes.


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2014-03-24 06:20:09 PM  
3 votes:
A man among men.
2014-03-24 08:33:59 PM  
2 votes:
Great words from a great, yet humble man.  An example to strive for...
2014-03-24 08:07:15 PM  
2 votes:

Anastacya: I remember growing up and watching his show, and being the dork that I am, I always tried to guess which color sweater he would wear that day. There was something about how he did the same thing each day that I found comforting. He is truly one of the good people that walked this Earth, a man who always tried to bring a smile to someone's face. There was a fascinating article that I read a couple of weeks ago about a reporter who followed him around everywhere for a couple of days, and how that experience changed him. Sadly, my Google-Fu is weak and I cannot remember where I read it; I think it was a large magazine/paper like the New Yorker or Rolling Stone. Ugh...


he supposedly did his routine that way because he knew that a lot of children who watched him had no stability in their homes. He believed that bringing a little bit of stability to those kids would be beneficial.

I can barely think of the guy without bawling. What an amazing person.
2014-03-24 06:47:26 PM  
2 votes:

RottenEggs: You know his sniper victims would have had birthdays too subby .


Not this shiat again! There are few things left in this world that I wish to remain sacrosanct. Fred Roger's legacy is one of them...

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2014-03-24 06:34:59 PM  
2 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: pgh9fan: Fred Phelps died on Fred Rogers' birthday.

There's a nice theological symmetry there.


Two ministers named Fred who represented the extreme ends of the spectrum of the best and the worst of Christianity.
Both dead, but the memory Fred Rogers deserves the more prominent place in our thoughts.
Here's the man schooling (and shaming) Congress.
2014-03-24 05:57:21 PM  
2 votes:
You're a little late. His birthday was March 20th.

Fred Phelps died on Fred Rogers' birthday. The same Fred Rogers whose funeral he picketed.
2014-03-24 05:17:44 PM  
2 votes:
I've always thought of love as a verb.
2014-03-25 09:28:31 AM  
1 votes:
Thank you subs. I have been struggling with a very personal issue for several months now, and that quote has really helped me out.

/seriously. Thank you.
2014-03-25 12:10:59 AM  
1 votes:

Klaumbaz: bratface: Why do you say Happy Birthday to a dead man? He can't hear you.

for the same reason your crack head 40 drinking ass pours some on the gound and say "for my homies".


What? Were you having a stroke when you typed that?
2014-03-24 08:00:27 PM  
1 votes:
Ever notice that Joel Hodgson has the same laconic, slightly spacey cadence that Fred Rogers had? And also did a TV show alongside some very curious looking puppets, and liked to play make believe with common everyday objects found around the house?

There's a strange conspiracy at work here, but I'm not drunk enough yet to crack it. Let me drain the Keg of Illumination and see if the universe won't open up her veils of mystery and give me a little peek at her hidden wonders. I'll lick this riddle no matter how deep I have to go.
2014-03-24 07:51:00 PM  
1 votes:

Noticeably F.A.T.: RottenEggs: You know his sniper victims would have had birthdays too subby .

I was going to make a snarky, asshattish comment about this, but then I figured in a thread commemorating his birthday I could at least pretend to be the person Mr Rogers knew I could be. So, I'll just link to Snopes and call it a day.


Your polite response and considerate link made me smile. Thank you, kind sir.
2014-03-24 07:25:57 PM  
1 votes:
Like struggle huh. He got that right with one of my ex's. I gave up on that shiat. Girl was crazy. At some point you can give up on crazy and love if you aren't getting paid to care for it. They should teach that one to kids too.

/Liked mr rogers
2014-03-24 07:15:07 PM  
1 votes:
Many manly tears were shed...
2014-03-24 07:14:50 PM  
1 votes:
"To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now."

Try telling that to a woman.
2014-03-24 06:44:03 PM  
1 votes:
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood
A beautiful day for a neighbor
Would you be my
Could you be my
Wont you be my neighbor
2014-03-24 06:42:34 PM  
1 votes:

pgh9fan: You're a little late. His birthday was March 20th.

Fred Phelps died on Fred Rogers' birthday. The same Fred Rogers whose funeral he picketed.


And the one who spent his whole life talking about God is the one burning and begging for the others forgiveness. Pisser is, he'd probably get it.
2014-03-24 06:41:09 PM  
1 votes:

pgh9fan: You're a little late. His birthday was March 20th.

Fred Phelps died on Fred Rogers' birthday. The same Fred Rogers whose funeral he picketed.


This. I know because I share a birthday with him. I didn't find that out until recently. When I was young I only knew about William Hurt and Spike Lee sharing my birthday, both of whom I don't care much for. Then thanks to Wikipedia I found out about Carl Reiner, Mr Rogers, and John de Lancie sharing my birthday!

/Loved Mr Rogers as a kid
2014-03-24 06:32:28 PM  
1 votes:

RottenEggs: You know his sniper victims would have had birthdays too subby .


I was going to make a snarky, asshattish comment about this, but then I figured in a thread commemorating his birthday I could at least pretend to be the person Mr Rogers knew I could be. So, I'll just link to Snopes and call it a day.
2014-03-24 06:19:10 PM  
1 votes:
To paraphrase Mystery Men: "That is so deep, it's like....confusing."
2014-03-24 06:12:22 PM  
1 votes:

UnrepentantApostate: Fred Rogers is one of those truly wonderful human beings that is rightly revered by virtually everybody.  He was a truly gentle man who wanted above all for everyone to know that they were valuable and loved, and to teach others how to love people the way he did.  We could use a lot more like him.  I try to do my part, even if it's small and even if I don't always live up to it, because I know that Mr. Rogers would approve of the striving.

RIP Mr. Rogers.  You can ALWAYS be my neighbor.


He's the man Homer Simpson was really talking about when he said if there were more people we wouldnt need a Heaven because we'd always be there.
2014-03-24 05:57:57 PM  
1 votes:
Love. v. The coincidence of two misunderstandings.
 
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