Whoever picks out the music for the show Cougar Town has a really good ear. That you must understand if anything that follows is to be understood.
For those not in the know, the TV show
Cougar Town (Courtney Cox' post-Friends vehicle) follows what is rapidly
becoming the standard pattern for American Half Hour Comedy. Which is
to say - 27 minutes of wacky jokes culminating in some sort of 'touching'
montage which ties together the themes of the week in some sentimental
way accompanied by a melancholy-ish tune by some band just
not-quite-known enough to be affordable.
Whoever it is
on the Cougar Town crew that selects the songs to be used for these has a
taste in music amazingly close to my own, because I pretty much like
all of their choices. Which brings me circling around to my point.
One of the songs they've used on the show is 'Give a Little Love' by Noah and the Whale.
off, yes - the reference should be Jonah, not Noah. But Noah, being
ark-bound, probably saw a whale or two as well so we'll let that slide.
looked up what the song was I tracked it down on line so that I could
hear the entire thing (the show tends to just use a minute or so of
them.) I found the following video here.
you have not just watched the video, let me fill you in on the salient
point- The basic setup is one of those 'pay it forward' things, where
one person does something nice for someone else, another person
witnesses this act of unexpected human decency and they then are shown
doing something above and beyond for some other stranger. This is seen
by someone else who is inspired... and so on and so forth. Rinse,
Lather and smugly repeat.
This is all well and good,
and I am not at all opposed to occasionally having it pointed out to the
world that it might actually be pleasant if we stopped being completely
shitty to each other all the time, just for a change.
The problem sets in at approximately the three minute 2 second mark.
witnessed a litany of incidents along the line of helping a kid up
after bullies push him down, assisting an elderly man to get his luggage
off an airport luggage carousel, and walking next door to help the
neighbor rake their yard - all things that genuinely qualify as having
gone a bit above and beyond for someone else - we see a woman who -
after witnessing the aforementioned luggage incident - shows what an
awesome person she is by stopping a guy from walking directly in front
of an oncoming truck that passes by less than 2 seconds later and would
certainly have killed him.
Let's take a moment here.
Stopping someone from stepping directly in front of an oncoming truck IS NOT GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND. This is entry level decent human behavior, people, not a merit badge opportunity.
It is not- and I can not stress this enough NOT - OK to let somebody get creamed by an oncoming pickup just because you're having a crappy day.
somebody walk under a bus does not make you someone who just 'failed to
go above and beyond', it makes you a freakin' inhuman monster. In the
same way that it is not OK to apply for the Nobel Peace Prize on the
grounds that you did not get around to committing any genocide this
Still a good song though.