A few weeks ago I started watching The Simpsons from the very beginning. I began with the shorts from The Truman Show and then moved on to the first few seasons.
Initially, everything was strange; characters had no depth and the other citizens of Springfield didn’t have the antics now customary in their interactions. As I discovered more about the background of many of our characters, such as Sideshow Bob and Santa’s Little Helper, I also realized new elements of characters that made me have a strong distaste for them. If not for the lack of continuity in the show I probably would hate everybody. For example, Homer wishes for and contributes to the failure of Ned Flanders’ startup business for his own entertainment in season three episode three When Flanders Failed. In stark contrast, Homer believes to have consumed poisonous fish in season two episode eleven, One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish, writes a bucket list. Instead of completing dreams such as skydiving, he spends his last hours with his father, catching up on quality time never spent together when he was a child.
The sentiment of knowledge overpowering all can be seen in many relevant life experiences. It is the difference between a schoolyard crush and an enduring marriage. It is the reason idiots are portrayed as jovial and hopeful in television. Curiosity is the bane of humanity. From the exaggeration of Pandora’s box to my innocent attempt to further appreciate a show the repercussions of knowledge are undoubtedle.