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  • "Moaning Lisa": "Don't try to bottle up your emotions. If you want to be sad, be sad. You will always have your family or friends to help see you through your crisis." Also, when a loved one is feeling depressed or despondent, the worst thing you can do is try to cheer them up, as it will only make them feel worse, because it's the nature of those kinds of conditions that they can't "just snap out of it." What Lisa needed was for her emotions to be validated and it's only when Marge tells her she has an absolute right not to be happy does she legitimately feel better.
    Marge: It's okay Lisa, you don't have to smile now.
    Lisa: But I feel like smiling!
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  • "Bart Gets An F" shows off a rare side of school in media: even if you study your hardest and try your best, you can still fail.
  • "Mr Lisa Goes to Washington": Idealistic belief in the political system can lead people to turn a blind eye or not notice political corruption happening under their noses, but that doesn't mean the system won't try and fix that corruption once it's genuinely aware of it. In other words, 'the price of freedom is eternal vigilance'.
  • "Itchy, Scratchy, & Marge" shows us exactly what happens to a show if it deviates from itself in order to please the Moral Guardians. Marge also learns that censorship always breeds hypocrites, TV shows (or any form of media) shouldn't be censored just because someone doesn't like it, standing up for what you believe in sometimes isn't worth the trouble (especially if it destroys the livelihood of everyone else around you), and no matter what choices you make, there's always going to be consequences.
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  • "Homer Vs. Patty and Selma": If someone is a Jerkass, being rude back is not a solution. Be kind to that person. The episode centers around Homer's fractious relationship with Patty and Selma, with the latter insulting him at every turn. When he saves them from being demoted, they quickly apologize and reluctantly forgive their debt to him.
  • "Lard Of The Dance": Don't rush to grow up. Enjoy your childhood while you still have it.
  • "Sleeping with the Enemy": Eating disorders and insecurities about your looks aren't compressed vices. They don't go away in 20 minutes and sometimes will stay with you for life.
  • "Lisa the Vegetarian": You shouldn't try for force your beliefs on those who choose not to follow your lifestyle. Even Paul McCartney and Apu said so.
  • "Homer's Phobia": Parents should be more tolerant of their children's sexual preferences (so long as it's not something abhorrent or illegal).
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  • "The Squirt and the Whale": A true animal activist respects the natural order of all animals and their instincts and and it's wrong to protect one animal if it means killing another.
  • As much as it is despised, "The Boys of Bummer" shows us that shaming someone for a minor offense can have detrimental effects on their psyche.
  • "Lisa the Simpson": Lisa's TV speech about putting your brain to good use and not letting it go to waste is very powerful.
  • "The Cartridge Family": As controversial as the gun-control argument may be, the episode does point out that guns are not toys and that people who do not use them responsibly should not own them at all.
  • "Homer Badman": Editing news for entertainment purposes, as well as over-the-top or wrongful accusations, can destroy peoples' lives, and you shouldn't believe everything you hear on TV.
  • "The Itchy And Scratchy and Poochie Show": Don't change art in an attempt to please others, because you may end up destroying perfectly good material in the process.
  • "Mypods and Boomsticks": Demonizing Muslims is wrong. Given how many TV shows, in light of certain events, seem okay with portraying Arabs and Muslims as unrepentant terrorists (in fact, Homer believed his Muslim neighbors were okay until Lenny and Carl showed him an expy of 24 that depicted a Muslim as a unrepentant terrorist), anything that challenges anti-Muslim sentiment was welcome at the time the episode aired. The episode even notes the similarities of the plight of Muslims today to the persecution Jews had to go through decades ago.
  • "I am Furious (Yellow)": Anger is the most natural emotion and you should learn how to control it rather than suppressing it to prevent yourself from becoming a laughing stock or from seriously hurting yourself or others.
  • "Girls Just Want to Have Sums": Segregation doesn't solve gender inequality, feminism is about equality for both sexes and there has to be a balance between both sides.
  • "Coming to Homerica": Putting the issue of racism aside, a country might not be able to handle mass migration because it might already have enough problems taking care of its own citizens (jobs, healthcare, crime, homelessness, etc). On the other hand, people who migrate to other countries might be trying to escape mountain-sized problems that can't be solved easily, or they are trying to support/protect their families. Long story short, the episode shows that there isn't a clear answer to immigration because it's not a black and white scenario that can be resolved easily.
  • "Barthood": Despite being a parody of the movie Boyhood. "Barthood" is a Coming-of-Age Story for Bart that focuses on his strained relationships with both Homer and Lisa. The former because of his neglectfulness of Bart and the latter's successfulness. The anvil is best said by Lisa when she tells Bart that he overlooked his own skills and abilities by envying Lisa's achievements. The episode shows how poisonous envy can be and how deadly pride can be as well.
  • "Walking Big & Tall": There is no such thing as a perfect body image, being obese and underweight carry health problems that can turn fatal. Albert was right about protesting a shop that promoted impossible and anorexic body images but he still died of a heart attack caused by overeating. You shouldn't promote or shame either body type but you still need to consider either yours or their health.
  • "The Serfsons": The sub-plot of the episode gives a lesson about death and the afterlife. Death is a painful inevitability of life and it's best to mourn and grieve than try to selfishly control the fate of another. The afterlife will never be known or understood and nobody has a correct answer to what comes after death. Everyone has a different interpretation of the afterlife which brings them comfort about the unknown. You shouldn't crush those beliefs under any circumstances or justification.
  • "Sky Police": Don't depend on your faith to solve problems and you can't categorise situations as an act of God. Situations can only be resolved when you do something about it.
    Marge: God's plan? God isn't some video gamer up there controlling us like we were Pac-Men and Dig Dugs. God isn't Sky Police. God didn't do this. I lied to my husband and made my kids lie, too. We did this.
  • "Lisa the Skeptic": People have a right to their beliefs, no matter how silly you may find them, and intolerance cuts both ways.
  • "Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy": Reboots don't ruin your childhood. Reboots are primarily just cheap cash-grabs than genuine attempts to be politically correct. Reboots are not worth fighting about. If you don't like it just ignore it.
    • Secondly, feminists aren't misandrists that want to be the dominant sex. Radical feminists, like the girls in Bossy Riot, are just a loud minority that toxify the very movement they claim to be a part of. Radicals and extremists can be found in any equal rights movement. But, rather than help the cause or vulnerable people, they take advantage of their grievances for their nefarious purposes. Always remain rational when making a decision and only join groups for the right reasons. The boys only listened to Milhouse because they were angry about the reboot, while Bart joined Bossy Riot because he saw them as cool for being rebellious, and Bossy Riot only allowed Bart to join so he can be their scapegoat.

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