“It’s nice to be nice to the nice”

Major Burns was kissing up to another character in the TV show MASH once (probably Margaret) and said the inanity in the title.  That reminds me of the Darwinian (“macro-“) evolution tautology about the survival of the fittest:

The survivors survived because they are survivors

How do we know they are survivors?  Because they survived.


0 thoughts on ““It’s nice to be nice to the nice””

  1. Hmmm. this reminded me of another saying from years ago. Something like “it’s nice to be nice to the nice, but it’s hard to be nice to the people that aren’t nice.” Ok, that’s not an exact translation. Now who said that one?


  2. Well, Burns was honest. It is easy and pleasant to be nice to nice people. Much more so than, say, argumentative drive-by commentors on one’s blog or passive-aggressive women’s ministry leaders. Those are the peeps who stretch us to be “nice”, because they themselves are so incredibly annoying.

    Which reminds me of something the Lord said:

    “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” Matthew 5:46-47

    This one gets me every time. I just want to avoid people who aren’t “nice”, perhaps because I am not a “nice” person by nature. I’m much prefer to fix their wagons than love on them.


  3. Marie, not sure if you saw my comment, but I’ll assume you did and found the answer to my question. So I guess Maj. Burns was giving a rough translation of the first part of this verse.

    So, could we start a Bible study around the TV series M*A*S*H?

    Neil, I think you need to start a new blog: M*A*S*H your way through the New Testament


  4. Randy,

    The scary thing is, that’s not too far-fetched. I recently saw a Bible study based on “The Bourne Identity” , another on “High School Musical”, and a Galatians study based on “The Princess Diaries”. Pop culture seems the way to go to introduce people to the Bible – M*A*S*H doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.


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