After watching the Breakfast Club, the
strongest feeling that possessed me as I left the movie was
definitely pity. Pity for that archetypical character Brian
the Brain. You see, in the movie, he stays at school for
detention with a jock, a princess, a criminal, and a basket
case. At the end of the 80s classic, the princess hooks up
with the criminal and the jock falls for the basket case.
And Brian the Brain? No love. Nothing. He
is left, in fact, laboriously thinking of what to write in
the mandatory essay required of the five as per the usual
Then yesterday, I re-watched Grease. The
movie was hardly fifteen or so minutes in when the Greasers
started to pick on poor brainy Eugene, pushing away his
books and yanking maliciously at his bowtie. Granted,
Eugeneís getup might generally be the impetus for negative
reaction, but Iím sure he didnít deserve to be cornered by
Travolta and his pack of leather-clad failures.
However, I have to say one thing: this
doesnít happen so much today. Packs of rude students
generally donít attack the ďsmart kids.Ē Gone are the days
of nerds wearing eccentric, old-fashioned clothing and
speaking in nasal voices. Okay, maybe there are the
exceptions, as there inevitably always will be. But the
students who are passionate about school today are generally
either treated as equals or kings.
Of course thereís still a big
pre-requisite: being smart without being obsessed. In other
words, still melting at least partly into the mass sentiment
of laziness and lethargy.
But, really, other than that, I donít see
any other drawbacks to being a smart kid at school. Thereís
more of a drive today than ever before to maintain the idea
that youíre someone smart. Thank god for the transition from
the days when cavemen and football players with brawn were
praised above everyone else to the modern day, when people
seem to value sense and wit more than anything else.
Since people have always tried to invest
their hearts into values that are eternal, unwavering and
useful, it should be no surprise that the pen trumps the
sword, the brain the brawn and Bill Gates the Hulk.
Does this mean that kids today are on the
path to brilliance? Ha!
But I hope weíve at least found the map.