For those of you who watch “Modern Family”, I saw a Youtube clip a while ago, one of those Top Ten clips. They were picking out their top ten manchilds in TV. The number four slot was given to Phil Dunphy from “Modern Family”. I started to think about this character and why they characterized him this way, and while I understand why people think this way, we need more Phil Dunphys.
Think about it, beyond the obvious things like the fact he is sweet and kind and goodhearted.
Ty Burrell’s Phil Dunphy has a certain kind of enthusiasm that is very rare with real adults. He clearly has a child like enthusiasm. Just the way his eyes lid up has or hears about an idea, that’s something time and life rob most people of.
The only other characters you see this kind of excitement from are the kids in the show. And although a lot of times it seems like their are embarrassed by his behavior, when the kids get excited by something you can see that spark in their eyes. And whether the actors do it consciously or their just young enough to still get that way, It doesn’t really matter.
The problem is that, for most people, as time passes this feeling of pure childish excitement, becomes a very rare occasion. And that’s a shame!
When Phil Dunphy gets an idea he is proactive and creative. He his willing to try and fail as long as it takes. And the icing on the cake is that he is motivated by pure curiosity and creativeness. Of course some of his idea are not the best, and things usually go wrong with his ideas. But first of all it is a TV show, and of course we should be more aware than a characterin a TV show. And despite of that don’t we all want to be a bit more like him? To be able to get excited from regular things the way we used to when we were kids?
With time we get cynical and indifferent, life just does that to people. Life can be very frustrating and it teaches some hard lessons even the most lucky of us. So don’t we need to be more like that crazy manchild, even more so because life can be tough?
It seems to me that forcing ourselves to be more like the “Happy Wanderer” , Phil Dunphy, will bring us some happiness. Just being able to get happy and excited from the little things like he does. Getting excited from our kids ideas even if we understand their not always the best ones.
I’m gonna try to be a little more like that.
Can’t promise anything though!