Unintentional life lessons from the movie ‘Ghostbusters’

There’s a lot we’re supposed to learn from the movie Ghostbusters. Don’t cross the streams. The Key Master and The Gate Keeper should never meet or else they risk opening a door to a parallel Hell dimension run by Gozer. It’s a bad idea to carry an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on your back. Ok, so maybe those aren’t the most serious lessons to take away from one of the greatest movies of all time.

But there are some good things to take away from Ghostbusters, courtesy of The Wonderful World of Stu:

  1. When things don’t go your way, take it as an opportunity to seize the entrepreneurial spirit.
  2. Once a private business becomes a success, government organizations like the EPA will come in and try to shut you down.
  3. Government interference can result in some disastrous consequences – like a ghost explosion.
  4. Jeffy and the Stay Putf Marshmallow Man may be the same person
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  • wade

    Yes, I took the same lessons from the movie! Also, many good lesson to learn from iRobot

  • Maura Paul-Lapiana

    Glen, you need to watch the animated movie “Nut Job”. It is completely political to those who know what’s going on in this country. My husband and I took our grandson, and just looked at each other and smiled.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lordstickmax LordStickMax

    80s were the best. Government was always full of pecks in movies.

  • Gerry Champoux

    Lesson 5: If someone asks if you are a god, always answer yes.

  • Anonymous

    Props to William Atherton for playing that role so well. Loved him in Real Genius, too.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, someone points this out! I keep noting this about Ghostbusters.

    lol, from some liberals like these guys were and still are (Bill Murray is off the deep end), this is phenomenally a conservative’s movie.

  • Mike Connolly

    And NEVER cross the streams, unless you’re going for total protonic reversal against a Sumerian sub-diety.

  • Republitards suck

    It’s good to know I can pack nukes next to Glenn’s house since he hates the bureaucracy so damn much.

  • TomR

    Actually thought this movie has many conservative references. One being the concern that Dan Aykroyd’s character states saying, “Personally, I liked the University. They gave us money and facilities,
    we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college!
    You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private
    sector. They expect results.” Truer words were never spoken so well in a comedy.

  • Anonymous

    If you recall, the containment unit was not dangerous at all, and Peck only implied that it was because he had a personal vendetta against the Ghostbusters. Kinda sounds like a different government agency that uses its self-appointed power as a weapon to punish political enemies, doesn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    First question:
    Are you implying that you love the bureaucracy?

    Second question:
    You have nukes?

  • Steve Whetsel

    I thought Glenn Beck was the Stay-Puff Man before he got his gig on CNN?

  • Melissa

    That’s a liberal point of view. Conservatives don’t look for hand outs

  • ken.

    i prefer to learn life lessons by living life for myself and studying the world around me, not from fiction novels, music or hollyweird.

  • Guest

    Of course it is, but that’s the point. His character is afraid of being an entrepreneur, of working in the real world of the private sector. This reaffirms the idea that you’ve got to produce in the private sector and aren’t given things and producing nothing like in the public sector.

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    Good stuff, I think we could do the same thing with Rocky.

    Rocky I – the American dream can be attained by anybody willing to work hard, and it is not just about winning

    Rocky II – yes we are different, but that can be celebrated. Also the support of family and God, is crucial.

    Rocky III – if we are not careful, fame and fortune can change us, or make us lose sight of what is important. Shows us how we may regret taking loved ones for granted once they are gone. Deepens the thought that treating each other badly because of our differences is kinda ridiculous.

    Rocky IV – Teach us that we can have respect for our adversaries.

    Rocky V – fame and fortune are not as important as being true to who you are. Love and family trump all.

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    “Out of the way, Peck!” – Willow (1988)

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    “Oh, I’m sorry! Peck! Peck! Peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck!” – Val Kilmer, who stared in Real Genius ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been an entrepreneur for nearly twenty years and in my experience, Insurance companies, state government and unions impede bushiness much more than federal government.

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    ✪✪✪ ✪�✪✪ ✪✪✪ ✪ㆥ✪✪✪ ✪✪✪Finally, someone points this out! I keep noting this about Ghostbusters.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Yup it happens all the time.

  • Anonymous

    When the government don’t do dick and they try to cut you off, who you gonna call?

  • Anonymous

    Is it possible that the obama regulation tsunami just hasn’t hit you yet?

  • Anonymous

    Hello NSA;-)

  • Anonymous

    Lighten up, Francis.

  • Robert R. Lionshield

    How long have you been crazy?, even if that was some kind of sick joke. Dude, you need to repent quickly! Their is only God, Jesus Christ, and you and I are not him!

  • Robert R. Lionshield

    Sound like some should call the police on you, get rid of your sick-@#$!

  • Jarrod Bell

    dude, it’s a line from the movie

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah he does look like jeffy, and that story creates more jobs than government! Go we me t reminds me of Woodrow Wilson from hell

  • Anonymous

    Maybe. I just know that the state, insurance companies and unions put a constant drag on our company and we never hear from the Fed. Example, I accidentally payed $300 state use tax 9 months late. The fine was $1200, an amount akin to organized crime. The state’s audited our company twice in three years looking for money any way they can find it. I actually discovered our company paid too much. According to the state, I’m like the employee’s parents. I’ve never had a problem with the Fed. As a matter of fact, I took advantage of the great investment tax credits over the past few years and my employees got an earned income tax credit.

  • Gerry Champoux

    Robert, I have no intention to disrespect our Lord and Savior. I was merely mocking one of the most funny parts of the movie. Hence “god” with a small g. Sorry if that offended you. That certainly was not my intent. As to my craziness, it does go far back. I wish you well.

  • Deva Ashera

    Yeah..lighten up a bit. Everyone becomes who they are by the experiences they get in life, whether its friends, family, video games (they do have stories), novels (fiction or non-fiction), movies, music, etc. Everything you experience will have an impact on who you are in some way.

  • Deva Ashera

    Most people know that’s a line from the movie..lighten up.
    I’m going to use you as another example of society being far too sensitive and eager to become outraged or ‘offended’ for no good reason really.
    I believe our God will only demand that we repent if something like that was said seriously, either due to someone believing themselves to be a god or trying to convince someone else they were for selfish reasons, this was neither.

  • Goodyeargirl

    I think the feds hide their interference in departmental regulations. Question… what impact does the EPA, the EEOC, OSHA, etc have on your business? These are federal departments…….. would be interesting to know if indeed you are not impacted by federal regulations.

  • ken.

    whatever, hillary.

  • ken.

    whatever, you can live in your fantasy land and i can live in reality. this is america and we all choose to live how we want, your supposed to respect that and get along, not make judgements. i was just stating my feelings about the subject without attacking anyone. why would anyone want to become who they are by following the fantasy’s of leftists. thats the problem with the world today.

  • Anonymous

    Our company is subject to OSHA and EPA regs. The difficulty is learning how to comply, but the compliance is reasonable. Eg, OSHA requires our employees to use personal protective equipment for their job, but I wouldn’t want them without for workman’s comp reasons. EPA requires us to handle chemical a certain way, but that’s reasonable too if I care about ground water. The difficulty is when the state police randomly pull our trucks over and weigh them and hold us up for hours while the look for a way to make more money. Again, my frustration is with state, insurance companies and unions. I’m going through yet another state tax audit now that’s wasting a week of my time and costing me lots of money having my accountant tax attorney sit with the auditor. Bottom line is states are broke and they’re shaking down businesses for anything they can find.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahahaha. That made my day! XD