Tradition in any culture helps showcase a group of people's identity. Whether it is food, music, politics, college football, family rituals, you name it, people are looking to feel appreciated because they associate with a certain group of people. When people within a group break tradition, name-calling, bullying and even physical harming becomes more common, because they do not "fit the norm." Sadly, these kinds of negative behaviors can cause serious mental and physical damage to those who try to "think outside the box." Interestingly though, the ones who tend to think creatively are ultimately the ones who bring something new to culture that everyone falls in love with. Steve jobs changed the world with his personal computer; George Lucas changed the way we look at movies, and Jim Henson brought light into a limited world of family and children's entertainment outside of Walt Disney's creations. Jim Henson set out to convey an anti-bullying message with his friendly cast of friends from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and he inspired kids like me to keep dreaming, keep believing and do just what you set out to do, even if it is not easy "bein' green."
""Someday We'll Find It." An Inside Look at the Music and Cultural Perspectives of The Muppet Movie,"
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