I had this silly little dream. I thought that we might be part of something better.

Where people cared about each other.

Where compassion wasn’t seen as weakness.

Where those in power helped people, without judgement.

I thought maybe we could remind people, you know?

That it’s okay to care.

—  Virtue, The Movement #12
Glasgow University offers Homer Simpson philosophy class - BBC News
The University of Glasgow is to offer a philosophy course which examines whether Homer Simpson is a "virtuous" character.

‘The course examines Aristotle’s classic account of a virtuous character and compares it to Homer. The budding philosophers will then debate arguments for and against whether they consider Homer virtuous.

Homer is a very complex character in many ways,“ Dr Donaldson said.

"He’s very gluttonous, he can be quite violent and self-interested. But at the same time he’s a character that’s hard not to like.

"He’s very popular. He has a childlike joy of life, he’s open to doing the right thing and he’s a faithful family man.”

Dr Donaldson, who is a long-term fan of the show, said the cartoon had a rich seam of moments for a philosopher to plunder, with many episodes having a moral and a moment of realisation.

“I like the Simpsons because it’s a great work of art. It’s a cartoon of a great tapestry. There’s so much going on in it,” he said.

Homer Simpson…

  • On children

“A boy without mischief is like a bowling ball without a liquid centre.”

“Marriage is like a coffin and each kid is another nail.”

  • On beer

“Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.”

“When will I learn? The answer to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle, they’re on TV!”

  • On cartoons

“Oh, Marge, cartoons don’t have any deep meaning. They’re just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh.”