would you have forgiven
the dudes who rejected you?
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has become a true Holiday classic, more even for its annual animated special than the actual song that inspired it. It’s a thrilling tale of someone who was treated like a freak until everyone realized that his deformity was really a gift and not a curse. That is, if you’re watching it from the point of view of the folks who always got to play in the reindeer games.
But if you’ve ever found yourself in Rudolph’s position the story can just as easily be seen to be about a bunch of jerks who torment someone just because he’s different, only to conveniently forget about what assholes they were when it turns out he can help them when they’re in a jam.
It’s the fantasyland version of the football players suddenly befriending the dude they’ve been giving wedgies and swirlies to after they realize he can help them cheat on their math tests. In the end, he’ll probably agree to help out of the vain hope the wedgies and swirlies will cease, but in his head there will always linger the thought of messing with them by deliberately giving wrong answers.
If you were Rudolph, what would you have done in this situation? Would you have happily taken the lead at Santa’s sleigh and brought Christmas to all the girls and boys? Would you have told jolly St. Nick to stick Christmas up his butt? Or would you have taken the lead and deliberately led everyone behind you to certain doom over the Bermuda Triangle?