dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Look Homeward, Foobs

As we all know, Lynn's love of the familiar is the root cause for another strange moral: the desire to go to new places and experience new things is abnormal. You're better off getting it out of your system early in life and then moving back to where you grew up. This is because Lynn is trying to tell the story of two children who rebelled against their all-knowing, all-loving parents by not living within a half-hour drive of them only to realize that, since all places are the same, they're better off where they came from. The problem Lynn gave us is explaining why real people would do that. The answer lies in the Pattersons being both ignorant and as shallow as a rain-drop. Since they grew up surrounded by people whose parents moved to Milborough to be in the proximity of those who think along the same lines as their parents, Mike and Liz came to the strange and unwarranted conclusion that people are all essentially the same. They don't have the will or the ability to learn about the world around them so travel did them no good; all they learned was that the outside world was not home and thus bad. Factor in their innate need to win John and Elly's approval and said parents praising other people who also lack the courage to see the world and you have two people who think that growing up means going home.
Tags: one big oblivious family

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