I bet half of this class is nervous that the Mayans were correct about the world ending because then we will never know who Ted’s wife is.
“How I Met Your Mother” is one of the most popular comedies on TV following the lives of twenty-somethings post college life in New York City. While some of the details are questionable (could a kindergarten teacher and a law student really afford that apartment in Manhattan?), the show is a general reflection of the next 10 years of our lives. It shows five friends who live together choose their life paths, balancing their needs for money against their morals.
As undergraduate students (which some people may believe is a synonym of naïve), I believe we have a general desire to do good in the world with our lives, as Marshall wants to be an environmental lawyer with the Natural Resource Defense Counsel. One day Marshall learns his wife, Lily, is in severe debt from a shopping addiction. He knows that he must take the job at Goliath National Bank, a bank akin to the Apple Mike Daisey portrayed in his monologue, with their friend Barney, who is known for his less-than-saintly ways.
Last week, the field house was filled with companies seeking young talents. Investment banks, oil companies and Teach for America were all present. There is a close correlation to the size of the paycheck how the level of “good” the employee does for society. We, like Marshall, must carefully measure our own sense of desire to add value to our communities against our need to pay of student loans and eat more than ramen.
How I Met Your Mother reflects moral dilemmas many young professionals face today, as we are sometimes forced to take jobs we don’t necessarily wants out of necessity, and the personal repercussions of these decisions.