I used to watch it all the time as a kid but only for the humor. As an adult, I get it. I get the messages the writers were trying to send about war and the human condition.
I have been mulling this line said to Hawkeye Peirce by Col. Ptter, around in my head for days:
"The only (wo)man I have to be better than is the (wo)man I am right now."
It's just one of many classic lines from the show. I guess I keep hearing it over and over in my head because most days I think I'm trying to be a better person for family and community, but the truth is, I am still comparing myself to my friends, schoolmates, co-bloggers neighbors and the beautiful woman I saw on the street.
I keep, secretly and quietly, insisting to myself that if I'm not as good as X than I'm not doing 'it' right. Whatever 'it' is.
The worst part is that those thoughts do nothing to make me feel more confident. They do nothing to inspire me to be better at whatever it is I'm good at.
Those thoughts discourage me and make me want to give up.
I just don't know how to make them stop.
Maybe I'll find the answer in another episode of M*A*S*H*.