She is a vegetarian, a Buddhist, and an activist, i.e. Human Rights, Tibet, animal cruelty, environment… etc.
That’s right folks: she is not your regular 8 year old girl and the Simpsons is not really a cartoon for kids.
She probably knows what it feels like to be trapped in a body that is not her’s…
At times, many I should add, she becomes whiny and self-righteous but her rebellion against social norms is admirable…
She is a misfit …
She knows what it means to have a farfetched dream… She dreams of becoming President of the United States (She does not physically age, so she’s got all the time in the world)
She is Lisa Simpson….
Throughout the last 22 years, Lisa has had 7 love interests… A lot can be learned from her experience….
1- A girl’s gotta know what’s right for her
Lisa knows what it’s like to go gaga over a bad boy. (You know it’s wrong but you can’t help yourself. You believe you see and touch his gentler side but at the end of the day he remains the bad boy.)
Lisa’s had a thing with Nelson. He is a troubled rebel and a bully, who lives with his alcoholic mother, and his trademark laugh is “Ha ha”. He likes and respects Lisa, but they both know that by doing so he is being untrue to himself… so they separate.
Lesson learned: 1. sure bad boys add some spice to life but is it really worth it?.… 2. Just because we are attracted to someone, doesn’t mean they are good for us…. 3. Do not try to change anyone.. ITS NOT YOUR JOB…. (note: it could happen even if you don’t intend to.. both falling for the bad boy and trying to change people)
2- Just because a guy is into you …doesn’t mean you should go for him:
Millhouse, Bart’s best friend is in love with Lisa, but she doesn’t care much for him… Once he tried to impress her and claimed to care about the environment. As a result, Nelson threatens him and demands he “Say global warming is a myth!” Millhouse does so, and Nelson punches him telling him “That’s for selling out your beliefs.” Lisa almost falls for Millhouse, who is fluent in Italian and is related to Mussolini; only to find out he had a girl on the side.
Lesson learned: You love who you love… desperation does not work… and a one way love is not enough…
3- Intense feelings can make you do bad thing.
Lisa met Luke at the Lazy Ranch where he works. Lisa thought he was in love with another girl and basically good Lisa tried to get rid of her competitor only to find out she was Luke’s sister. Luckily, good Lisa came back and saved the sister. Luke dumped Lisa when he found out she wanted to drive them apart.
Lesson learned: 1. Love makes us do stupid, bad and unwanted things…2. being in control is a myth… 3. Never come between a man and his family or friends…/ 3. We ALL do stupid things… GET OVER IT
4- Sometimes Strangers have the biggest influence on us. Doesn’t mean its destiny
Colin is an 8 year old Irish boy and the son of a musician and activist. He has denied ties with Bono but it was never confirmed. They finish each other’s sentences… he fights pollution and Lisa thinks he is her Mcdreamy… He wrote her a “Lisa song”… she had to leave him behind when citizens of Springfield was going after her family. Later they reunite and eat Ice cream… and then he disappeared.
Lesson learned: there is nothing like a man who dedicates art to you…/ see lesson # 5/ some people enter our lives just to remind us to keep the hope…(He was actually pretty charming)
5- Strangers in the night exchanging glances wandering in the night… doesn’t quite end like Sinatra predicted.
Lisa fined herself in the wrong school. There she meets Thelonius. They share a dance and she leaves… she never hears from him again. Personally, I haven’t seen the episode…
Lessons learned: 1. sometimes the best encounter is between strangers…. Short and sweet… and all we are left with are the memories….2. Life is not as in the movies or song… Little did we know… Love was just a glance away… A warm embracing dance away.. it turned out so right for strangers in the night…
6- Sympathy does not substitute love
Lisa feels sympathy for Ralph, who did not receive a V day card, so she gives him one. Ralph shows interest in her, but she just finds him annoying… Ralph suffers from severe learning and social disabilities…Being the son of Springfield police Chief, he uses his father’s connection to get what he wants to impress Lisa. He is able to get tickets to the hard to get krusty Show. On live air, Ralph announce his love for Lisa, only she admits that the only reason she is with him is out of pity…the story ends with Lisa giving him a new card suggesting they should be friends. He agrees.
Lessons learned: 1. Being sympathetic is a good thing…but pity is not/ 2. Don’t toy with people’s emotions for personal gain / 3. Go to the source of power and not his son…
7- Examine your feelings if you think you like someone you look up to; such as your teacher.
Lisa developed a thing for her teacher Mr. Bergstrom. He supports her and encourages But soon enough, she learned the difference between seeing a person as father figure and liking that person…
Lessons learned: sometimes you need to examine your strong emotions for someone….
Quotes by L. Simpson
“Romance is dead – it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.”
“On Nelson: He’s not like anybody I’ve ever met. He’s like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest.”.
“It’s naive to think you can change a person–except maybe that boy who works in the library.”
“Solitude never hurt anyone. Emily Dickinson lived alone, and she wrote some of the most beautiful poetry the world has ever known… then went crazy as a loon.”.
“I am the Lizard Queen!”