SMBC Explains my problem with Following Your Dreams

I really hate the general Hollywood and millennial attitude of “following your dreams”. It’s not that it’s necessarily bad, it’s the painting of office workers or businessmen as folks living an inferior life to wild and passionate “Artists” or something. Anybody trying to work hard in order to live a good life and raise a family isn’t a loser, it’s somebody who realizes there are more important things than always doing what you want to do. Working a stable job doesn’t necessarily have to mean anything except that you don’t want to be living on the street when you start your garage band.


By the way, this is why “The Incredibles”, which is about a man who pursues his passion but realizes that it’s not worth how much he’s hurting his family and stops, is brilliant and by far Pixar’s best movie.


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2 Responses to SMBC Explains my problem with Following Your Dreams

  1. GRA says:

    I’ve only watched the movie, but Fences seems to portray the Everyday Working Man, the job that is, in a somewhat decent light with dignity. There was a monologue given by the protagonist to his son about his effort to put food on the table. I’m not sure how far the movie deviates from August Wilson’s actually play, though he did write the screenplay before he past away.

  2. GRA says:

    The people that I’ve come across who tend to rag on the 9-5ers tend to be more liberal. They ditched their day job in order to travel and write travel blogs.

    I also want to note that the effort in movies, especially those focusing on the arts (music, dance, acting – what have you), make a strong and blunt effort to portray practical paths as sell-out paths. The musical turned movie Rent portrays the Benny as the traitor friend. There’s a scene in Drumline (2002) where the protagonist asks his love interest what she’s majoring in to which she replies business – or something non-artsy – he disapproves and urges her to follow her true passion, dance. By the end of the movie he asks her again what her major is and this time she says dance. Now for all I know this fictional character might be teaching dance as a career, but I get the feeling that by “dance” she meant becoming a professional dancer.

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