dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Heroism Problem.....

Remember how pissed off we were when either Elly or John dismissed Paul by asking Liz where he was when she needed him? Remember how angry the realization that the only reason that the same Anthony that they seemed to want to marry a lot more than Liz did was even there was because of a court summons made us? I'd like to re-examine that, if I may. It seems to me thatt the Pattersons aren't impressed by the things that would entrance and excite normal people because of their warped, self-serving values and inability to figure out how the world works. As I've explained before, the presence of genuinely heroic figures and those who don't wait for fate to plop things into their laps alarms and disgusts them because they call into question the notion that the Foobs are at all sympathetic figures. This not only requires them to denigrate those who don't passively vegetate so as to avoid risk, it mandates that they lionize those who serve their needs. Iris is impressive in much the same way that Anthony and Gordon are; they make it easier to be Pattersons so they're great people. It's a good thing that the Pattersons ARE as insulated from reality as they are; that keeps them from realizing that the derisive hooting that they hear from time to time is directed at them when they boast about all the horrible people they know.
Tags: pattersons vs the world

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