My favorite modern philosopher

 Are you a Ted Lasso fan?

If you have seen the show, then the answer is most likely a resounding "YES!" If you have not seen the show, then what are you waiting for?!?!

One of my favorite moments in the series, happened during episode 5 in the second season. During this episode, the squad is going through a particularly rough patch. The team is playing very poorly, losing game after game, and blaming each other for the team's poor play. During the film session after their most recent defeat, Ted pauses the game film and tells the players that he "believes in communism." He gets a lot of blank stares from players and coaches, then goes on and says he believes in "Rom-Communism." 

Lasso elaborates by saying that "believing in rom-communism is all about believing that everything is going to work out in the end." He goes on to explain that the team is "going through their Dark Forest. Fairy tales do not start, nor do they end in the Dark Forest." He continues to tell the team that the dark forest always shows up in the middle of the story, but it will all work out in the end. Lasso goes on to say that "it may not work out how you think it will, or how you hope it does, but believe me, it will all work out. Exactly as it is supposed to."

Throughout its 34-episode run, Ted Lasso has provided a new twist on some ancient philosophies, that we have come to know and love. This scene about rom-communism sounds like a modern interpretation of the concept of Amor Fati from the ancient Stoic philosophers. If you recall Amor Fati translates directly from Latin to English as "Love Fate." Loosely, this concept is interpreted to mean that we must learn to embrace all that has happened in our lives, all that is currently happening in our lives, and all that will happen in the future. All of our lives will be filled with great times, but we will also face difficult times. We must learn to embrace the rough times to truly appreciate those moments of elation.   

You may be wondering "Why are we even discussing this scene?" Take a moment and reflect on a time in your life when you were walking through your own "Dark Forest." We have all been there. Did you come out on the other side? So if you feel like you are in the middle of the "Dark Forest" right now, remember that according to the great philosopher, Ted Lasso, "it will all work out."

Keep your head up, and know that you will emerge from this "Dark Forest" to see the light again!

Be a Rom-Communist!


Movement is my medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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