Things I Learned From Parks and Recreation

May 26, 2015

Lately, I’ve watched the whole Parks and Recreation series in just merely two weeks. It was awesome, I’ve got to admit that this is one of the best American TV Series I’ve ever watched. The story is about a Parks and Recreation Department in a small town named Pawnee in Indiana. The story revolves around the main characters; Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, Ben Wyatt, Chris Traeger, Ann Perkins, Tom Haverford, April Ludgate, Andy Dwyer, Jerry Gergich, and Donna Meagle; and their involvement in the department, and also the department’s involvement in their private lifes. And from them, I learned so many things. Politics, friendship, love and happiness, and of course the most important of all; Ronald Ulysses Swanson.

1. Politics
First thing I learned from Parks and Recreation is Politics. It is shown how politics works in even the smallest part of a state. The Sweetums vs Leslie Knope, Leslie Knope’s city council journey, up until how Leslie being revoked by her voters. And in this series, we can see how democracy works. No, not democracy, ‘democracy’. In season 7, we can see how Ben is being treated unfairly by both feminists, and masculinists. They are both leaning to the extreme side, so whatever Ben did was wrong. It shows the black and white thinking of current society. If you’re different from us, then you’re our (exact opposite) enemy. That sucks. One of my favorite moment related to politics in this series was when Leslie decided to let the Eagleton vote (for her opponent) because she thinks that the right to vote is more important than winning the vote itself. Just like what Votaire said “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” That is pretty awesome. Oh, and another thing is, Ron Swanson’s critics to current liberal system in the US. He always says that he loves free market, and saying that the government is pointless. Well, when everything goes free market, government shouldn’t really get into the market, let the invisible hands works alone. Oh, and Ron hate taxation.

2. Friendship
So many friendships were built in the series. Leslie and Ann, Ben and Chris, Ron and Leslie, Tom and Donna, Andy and Ron, well, pretty much everyone and everyone. But my most favorite one is Andy and Ron. They’re showing the “dude” friendship between a goofy buffoon with a strange old man. They do pranks, they eat unhealthy food which are pretty awesome, they made music, pretty much everything awesome. It shows that in a “dude” friendship, man will never grow up. Which is fun.

3. Love and Happiness
April and Andy, Leslie and Ben, Donna and Joe, Ron and Diane/Tammy One/Tammy Two, Chris and Ann, Tom and Lucy, Gerry and Gayle, all are portraying various kind of relationship. April and Andy who builds their lifes together from scratch, Leslie and Ben whose love aren’t meddling with their profesional life, Donna and Joe which is pretty sweet, Ron and Diane which is true love, Ron and Tammy One/Tammy Two which is destructive, Chris and Ann whose relationship works out slowly, Tom and Lucy whose love created through hardship, and Garry’s perfect family. All of them are teaching me how love can varies and in the end, to be happy is all that matter. and Happiness, can be as simple as Li’l Sebastian ❤

4. Ron Swanson

The most majestic man in the history of TV Series. True meat eater, true liberalist, true man. This picture says it all.



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