Lessons I've Learned from T.V.: Lesson learned: no meth
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 23:09
I love “Breaking Bad.” On that show Walter White makes seven and a half million dollars a year cooking meth. That’s a lot of money right? Yes, but despite the fact that the show has strangely led to an increase in meth purity throughout the country and copycat crimes, the lesson is actually not to cook meth, sell drugs, do drugs. Even if you have cancer and are going to die, it’s still a bad idea.
“Breaking Bad” is kind of a worst case scenario if you really think about it. According to the show, if you sell because you are dying of cancer and want to leave your family some money when you are gone, you will have a strange battle with cancer where it leaves and comes back depending on your level of guilt, your wife will sleep with her boss and then leave you, your family will hate you, everyone you know and love will die, and you will have to live alone in the snowy wilderness of New Hampshire where all you can do all day is watch Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. The movie was called a train wreck by its own director. You might not want to cook meth.
I know what you’re thinking and it’s true. I am for once actually agreeing with something I learned from TV. Sure, there is a lot of money in selling drugs, but it comes with a cost. I am speaking metaphorically about the guilt, drama and pain that comes with that business of course, but also a literal cost. Look how hard it is for Walter White to launder and keep his money. He may not have to pay taxes, but he has to pay people so much more to keep his money clean and bury it. Then he has to move it around places and it’s so much work that its almost not worth all the hassle. I know when the TV remote is on the other side of the room I am guilty of sometimes refusing to get up to change the channel, so I am way too lazy to go through the amount of effort that Walter does every time he decides to go buy breakfast for his son. He probably doesn’t keep it all buried and do that every time, but it certainly would be a pain every time his stash runs out to go refill.