dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On volunteerism in the Pattersphere.

Since many of us started following the strip in the nineties or so, we labor under the misapprehension that the Pattersons have never given more of their time to a cause than lip service; this is something of a mistake because Lynn appropriated Rod's instinct towards public service and assigned it to the Elly of the late eighties. As we will eventually see, she spent most of her free time either in a meeting or shuttling between them. What Lynn really thought of volunteering is fairly easy to determine by examining the role Elly played; she was a hand sticking leaflets under wiper blades or ringing doorbells, a bottom sitting behind a card table holding a fund-raiser's jug and a voice mouthing slogans or cheering on Mike's hockey team; what she wasn't was a brain deciding goals or formulating policy. That part of her life came about as the result of volunteering, though; I am, of course, discussing the programs she ran at the local library. The odd thing is that giving of herself gave Elly no peace of mind; she and Connie spent their time whining about it taking time away from their families, about how they had no time to themselves and how they missed out on sunsets. This, of course, was the beginning of the end for that as it foreshadowed how Elly would later opine that Lilliput's was stating to own her; slowly but surely, Elly "realized" the family-unfriendly moral Lynn had planned all along; that's because in her view, volunteering is a well-meaning but essentially futile activity that disrupts family life. Having all the programs she worked so hard to maintain be scrapped after she got fired due to budget cuts was simply the final nail in the coffin. Elly could then safely moan that since nothing she did had any lasting impact and since the problems of the world never really went away, the only thing open to her was to post a sign in the bathroom reminding April that they conserved water so don't take too long in the shower.

Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, failure is the only option, one big oblivious family, pattersons vs the world

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