Life Lessons Learned from ’80’s Cartoons

We are ‘80’s Babies.

I remember growing up, sprinting out of bed to rush downstairs to turn on the TV and watch Saturday morning cartoons. The weekend wasn’t complete without them.

The list of cartoons and sitcoms stretches longer than I am tall, but, like most people, I had my favorites: Jem, Ghostbusters, Rainbow Brite, Popples, Thundercats, Gummy Bears, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Captain Planet, and Darkwing Duck, to name a few. Still wiping sleep from my eyes, I would sit there from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., not wanting the shows to end.


They were filled with more than adventure – though there was always adventure to be had. What was important was that they were filled with moral lessons. They helped teach the value of respect, justice, sympathy, and responsibility. They taught me that the world was bigger than myself and my problems, and if I was willing to put in the work, I could make the world a better place and help make someone else’s day brighter, better.

I could make a difference.

But the glory of ‘80’s cartoons was short-lived. TV and cable both became cheaper, and shows became raunchier. I remember when The Simpson’s was considered sordid and offensive. Now, their humor pales in comparison to Family Guy or South Park.

But the shock value has worn thin.


Kids today are really no different than kids from the ‘80’s. They still need the same boundaries, the same moral lessons. They still need to see that someone out there is doing what’s right. But the world is filled with violence, disease, starvation, riots, and bigotry. At every turn, they are told they are not enough, and their future will be spent cleaning up our past.

I know it’s not much, but couldn’t they use a couple of those cartoons I mentioned earlier? Don’t they deserve to dream and use their imaginations? Don’t they deserve to inherit a world better than the one we’ve created? And don’t we deserve better from ourselves as well?

Here at The GeekOut-let, we pride ourselves on being tolerant, non-violent, forgiving people. We’re all different but we’re all just people. Life is precious, and should be cherished. We are all trying to cut out our spot on this blue spinning sphere as it careens wildly through space and time.

So, we try our best to follow those wonderful life lessons that were so deeply instilled in us while watching our Saturday morning cartoons. We strive to make a difference in this world. We believe in giving more than we take. We believe in living the change we want to see.


Note: for the record, we do actually watch The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy. Hey, they’re still “cartoons” aren’t they? And no, we’re not perfect either.


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