Leave it to Beavers vs. Raising Hope
I chose to compare two different sitcoms. Leave it to Beaver and Raising Hope. Raising Hope is a modern sitcom about a 25 year old man, Jimmy Chance, who got a serial killer pregnant during a one night stand. The serial killer gave birth to their daughter before being executed in jail, leaving Jimmy as a single parent who still lives at home with his parents, and his parents still live with their Jimmy’s mom. Who am I? What does it mean to be human? I think that the Cleaver family would answer this by saying that they were created by God, in his image.
I assume that they’re a Christian family because of their morals and because Beaver dropped his bike off at a church and his parents were pleased. Although the Chance family is loving towards each other, they seem to lack purpose in life. Every character on the show has a mediocre, minimum wage job and they seem to just be going through the motions of life. No one in the family is well educated, they would probably believe that we came from apes. What is prime reality? What is the nature of the external world? The Cleaver family would probably believe that God is real and that He created the heavens and earth.
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The Chance family would probably believe that besides love, only tangible things are considered real and that the earth has always existed. What happens to a person after death? I think the Cleaver family believes that Christians go to heaven and non-believers don’t. The Chance family might believe in re-incarnation. Or they may believe that they will go to heaven because they were a “good person” on earth. How do we know what is right and wrong? The cleaver family would probably believe that they were created in God’s image, and God is good. They would base their morals and ethics off of the Bible.
The Chance family seems like they are the “if it feels good, do it” type of people. Jimmy’s mom, who works as a housecleaner, will occasionally swipe things from the homes that she cleans. She believes that there’s nothing wrong with it because they will never even notice that it’s gone. What is the nature and goal of history? I believe that the Cleaver family would live to do what is right by God’s standards. I think that they would want to find God’s purpose for them in life and lead a life pleasing to him. The Chance family would probably believe that life is all about the pursuit of happiness.