The hashtag #SeinfeldTaughtMe, trending this morning on Twitter, shows that the seminal NBC sitcom Seinfeld is a surprisingly good source of life hacks, or at least life advice and stupid human tricks. Here are some of the most useful lessons.
As a "show about nothing", Seinfeld was really about all the things that make up daily life.
— Morgendorffer 0819 (@MabryMundy) November 3, 2017
Its characters dared to violate the norms. They played out heightened versions of the little tricks we all try.
— Jamie Manzi (@jmanz327) November 3, 2017
These tricks were social, mental and physical.
— mr cooldude (@lostinmusic1975) November 3, 2017
Sometimes this aberrant behaviour worked, but sometimes the cons outweighed the pros.
— Timmy Little (@TimmyLittleSays) November 3, 2017
In punishing characters for their wrongs, the world of Seinfeld was more just and fair than the real one.
— Naasir (@TouchedPrawn) November 3, 2017
But sometimes bad things happened to good people.
— Hello Felicia (@hellofelicia14) November 3, 2017
Really bad things.
— Robyn Your ???? (@robyndwoskin) November 3, 2017
The show even commented on that difference between the usual glamorised world of fiction, vs. the mundanity of Seinfeld's "reality".
— johnny Blaise ???????? (@Double_Dogg) November 3, 2017
Sometimes the characters pulled insane gambits that no one would ever try in real life - no one except Seinfeld co-creator Larry David.
— ????Norma Bates???? (@bluelighttv) November 3, 2017
Most importantly, Seinfeld reminded us that what makes us interesting isn't our strengths but our weaknesses. It even presented a model of friendship based on celebrating those weaknesses, counter to the aspirational "BFFs who would die for each other" relationships of other shows.
— Richie Rich (@RichieRichietwo) November 3, 2017
I lied, the most important lesson is that anything can be a napkin if you don't give a damn.
— Brushing Off (@BrushingOff) November 3, 2017