When the Simpsons, the wonderful dysfunctional family and the insane residents of Springfield, first debuted on December 17, 1989, no one imagined the phenomenon it would become. Over the years, through their unique sense of humor, these unforgettable characters have given us some important pieces of advice. These are the 10 life lessons learned from The Simpsons.
Lesson 1: Homer: The problem in the world today is communication. Too much communication. Remember being a kid when you had no idea what was going on in the world and that was just fine with you because you were happy? Perhaps we should remember that and try to return to that innocent, uninformed time.
Lesson 2 : Homer: Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose; it's how drunk you get. Whatever happened to just having a good time? We've lost our ability to play. It didn't matter who won or lost, heck half the time no one kept score. Now, friendships are lost over who won the game, parents make fools of themselves trying to get their kids out a penalty. We need to go back to when playing sports was fun.
Lesson 3 : Homer: Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try. Remember "If at first you don't succeed, try try again"? Homer's advice makes much more sense. Why waste your time trying to be good at something you're not?
Lesson 4 : Homer: Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen. A lie is only a lie if someone else is there to hear it. Its even worse if they believe it.If people are reprimanded for lying immediately, the lie is not spread and the habit tends to stop.
Lesson 5 : Homer: Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel. A very important skill in the business world, the fewer responsibilities you have to take on, the better. Ever notice how happy animals are? No responsibility whatsoever! That's the real secret to happiness.
Lesson 6 : Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true! Thirty years ago, "experts" tried to tell us that we were going into another ice age. Now we hear about nothing but global warming. The same facts proved both cases, yet here we are.
Lesson 7 : Homer: You don't like your job, you don't strike. You go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way. Company loyalty and job satisfaction are down. Rather than finding a job they really enjoy, they go to work miserable every day, put in the minimal effort, then go home to lounge in front of their big screen TV and complain because they don't have a bigger one.
Lesson 8 : Homer- Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers. We want it all. But getting from point A to point B to have it all... well that sounds like a lot of work. Here's Homer's line about that sense of hypocritical entitlement.
Lesson 9 : Homer : "Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand." You do not have to say much to effectively communicate. This fact has been proven over and over again by little Maggy Simpson. She knows how to get what she wants without saying a single word. Without even removing the pacifier from her mouth.
Lesson 10 : Homer: I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here. Always take care of yourself first. Know who you need to suck up to get ahead. If you can get out of taking responsibility, go for it. That's the road to success.