Won't You Be My Neighbor?DVD - 2018
"A poignant tribute to the mild-mannered father-figure who served as moral compass to generations."--Newsday.
"...The lessons taught there were priceless."--Entertainment Weekly.
"...Shows why the late Mr. Rogers remains timely and timeless."--Rolling Stone.
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"That's what's wrong with our country. That's what's wrong with children today." He didn't say, "if you want to be special, you're gonna have to work hard." And now all these kids are growing up, and they're realizing, "hey, wait a minute. Mr. Rogers lied to me. I'm not special."
And what that ultimately means, of course, is that you don't ever have to do
anything sensational for people to love you. It is really a matter of believing that you're endowed by your creator with good. You know, there are many different ways of saying, "i love you." In fact, I like to think about times when I've seen people showing their love.
And if you don't believe that everyone has inherent value, you might as well go against the fundamental notion of Christianity that you are the beloved son or daughter of god.
Mr. Roger before Congress, part 1 of 2:
One of the first things that a child learns in a healthy family is trust. And I trust what you have said, that you will read this. It's very important to me. I care deeply about children. My first children...
-Will it make you happy if you read it?
I'd just like to talk about it, if it's all right.
-All right, sir.
This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, "you've made this day a special day" by just your being you. "There's no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are." And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service.
Mr. Roger before Congress, part 2 of 2:
Uh, could I tell you the words of one of the songs, which I feel is very important? This has to do with that good feeling of control, which I feel that... That children need to know is there. And it starts out, "what do you do with the mad that you feel?" And that first line came straight from a child. I work with children, doing puppets in... In very personal communication with small groups. "What do you do with the mad that you feel" when you feel so mad you could bite? "When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong" and nothing you do seems very right? "It's great to be able to stop" when you've planned a thing that's wrong
"and be able to do something else instead" and think this song. "I can stop when I want to, can stop when I wish," can stop, stop, stop anytime. "Know that there's something deep inside that helps us become what we can."
-Mm-hmm. You see, "i" is one letter, and "love"-- l-o-v-e-- is four letters, and "you"-- y-o-u-- is three letters.
When the horror of 9/11 really hit him, i-i think it was a real eye-opener. He was realizing that... It was just so big. It's always going to be an ongoing struggle to overcome evil.''
And so they were... they were intolerant of the tolerance. And the thing that... the thing that struck me that day, uh, more than anything else was the children that were there. Children that had been drafted into standing there with their parents and holding up signs and screaming. And those kids looked so unhappy. Those kids looked so exhausted. Those kids looked so ill-treated. It was just heart-breaking.
When I was a boy and I would hear about something scary, my mother would tell us, "always look for the people who are helping. You'll always find somebody who's trying to help."
"what would Fred Rogers do?" It's not a question that you can answer. The most important question is: "What are you going to do?"
From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So, on this extra special day, let's take some time to think of those extra special people. Some of them may be right here, some may be far away. Some may even be in heaven. No matter where they are, deep down you know they've always wanted what was best for you. They've always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you. Let's just take a minute of silence to think about those people now.
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