MASH and the Art of Kindness
posted on Saturday 23 Sep, 2006.
Last night my husband Rob and I watched the first 2 episodes of “MASH”. As well as nostalgically reminding us of 1969 when we first met, it really came home to me how Hawkeye and Trapper fiercely protect the values that they hold dear – kindness and fairness to others, especially those who are not able to stand up for themselves. They protect those values for the entire army camp, despite appearing to play the fool. And those values centre on kindness and respect for others.
Does this make them kinder and more generous than Frank and Major Houlihan with their focus on doing things by the book, their book?
Yes, I think so, looking at them with my older eyes now. When we first saw this series I could not make any sense of the plot at all. Now it as clear as crystal that the exploration of kindness is the key here.
Fancy a pair of larrikins like Hawkeye and Trapper being socially responsible at heart.