NewHero. Angry. Jaded. DirtyHero. Corrupt.

While watching the newest episode of The Wire last night, I developed what I call another TV Theory -- you know those thoughts you have while watching TV or a movie or something that you think are just so profound? Well, I'm admitting it may not be revolutionary or a major contribution to anyone's canon, but I thought it was an interesting enough idea to share.

Basically, I noticed that there were five categories into which all of the different adult character groups fit into. Everyone -- school teachers, policemen, politicians and journalists (perhaps with the exception of the drug dealers, you tell me):
You got your new hero school teachers, policemen, politicians and journalists -- the cats who are new to their respective institution, are naive yet still eager to create change.

You got your angry school teachers, policemen, politicians and journalists -- the cats who were once new heroes but hit a brick wall and are now just full of contempt for their institutions and their jobs and pretty much disappointed, disillusioned and stressed out.

You got your jaded school teachers, policemen, politicians and journalists -- the cats who are way past being angry and have adopted a sort of quiet anger. They don't really care about the success of the institution enough to be stressed about it and don't care about the failure of the institution enough to continue to try and improve it in any fundamental way, they just go through the motions and do just enough work to continue to please their authority figure.

You got your dirty hero school teachers, policemen, politicians and journalists -- the cats who are optimistic yet not so naive as to believe that they can create change without getting their hands dirty and also were strong willed (or stubborn) enough to leap over the purgatory of being jaded.

And you got your corrupt school teachers, policemen, politicians and journalists -- the cats who have advanced past their anger and past being jaded and past trying to be a dirty hero to realize that if they just stopped spinning their wheels trying to change a system that just won't change, they could satisfy some of their personal life desires and goals by stealing from or cheating their institution.

I thought it was pretty interesting and relevant to what I've experience since being in the "real world".

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