Friday, May 7, 2010

Video of Matt Roloff's speech to ALA Conference 2010

There is a 3 minute clip of Matt Roloff giving a speech at the 2010 ALA (American Legal Association) conference the other day.

In this clip, Matt speaks about how to live an extraordinary life. Matt's sister Ruth was in attendance.

Peggy Roloff has the story on her blog about how Ruth and Matt met up with each other in Boston.


Timothy said...

The Roloffs actually say a lot of good things about how to live. A lot of very wise things.

The problem as I see it is that the Roloffs usually don't follow their own advice or words.

Betty said...

Matt is very natural in his speeches. I wish that video was longer.

Sorry if I go off topic, but Zach looks great in the picture at the top of Peggy's website. Not the best picture of Jacob. Sam's youngest boy next to Ron is a cutie too.

Shadow said...

And this is what separates Matt from the rest of us - he can't conceive of the notion that an "extraordinary" life can be going to work at a job you enjoy, raising a family with a partner you love, and just being "average." He thinks you HAVE to build castles and Grand Canyons and take extravagant trips and be NOTICED and ENVIED. Sad that he will never truly be happy, because the "extraordinariness" of anything he does is over for him as soon as it's complete, and then he has to have something else bigger and better. He'll never be content to sit in that arbor he had built for Amy and quietly watch the sunset with her. Extraordinary for me is still being in love with my spouse after many more years than the Roloffs have spent together.

Yes, he's accomplished a lot in terms of financial success and "fame,", but I hope that definition of the "extraordinary" life he thinks he HAS to have is worth the price he (and his family) are paying.

Jocelynn said...

Shadow, I agree with what you're saying, my definition of an extraordinary life is the same as yours.

But to be fair to Matt, everyone is different and there are people who want something "exciting". If Matt's dream is to build all that crazy stuff and be famous for it and have hundreds of thousands of people flock to see it, then that is his dream and he achieved it.

I think the point Matt was making is people living their ultimate dream. I think he's right in some ways. Some people aren't happy as their life is right now. They are going through life. They get up, go to a job they don't like, pay the bills, run errands, and do it all over again. Every day, every week, every month, every year. They regret not doing this or that, not living the dream they had years ago. I agree with Matt about that. People don't think it's possible to be really happy because they are caught up in their routine that they aren't happy with.

I think Matt does make the point that for some people, that IS what makes an extraordinary life, being happy with your life. There are a lot of people that aren't happy and they don't think it's possible to live the life they once dreamed about because they are too busy with the life that makes them unhappy.

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Honestly, I don't know how happy or unhappy the family is, but now my gut leans towards they are happy and laugh about all the stuff they get and are able to do.

More and more, I think almost everything we see on the show about the family fighting with each other is a big lie. I think that's why they continue with it, because they deal with it like it's an acting job, not real, thus they don't let anything that people say about them bother them because they know the show is a fake.

By the way, I'm not applauding them for that at all. I think it shows a lack of morals to lie and deceive the public. If I'm right and the Roloffs are happy, the show is fake, then the Roloffs need to take some personal responsibility for being liars who are willing to make their family appear unhappy and stage drama all for money and personal wealth.

If the question is: Are the Roloffs happy in "real life". I think they are. Happy by the way does not equal being a person with good character either.

I don't think the show, the money and the fame have been good for the kids, in this case Jeremy, Zach and Molly, but I think off camera they all love the fact that they are spoiled rich, that they don't work, that they play any time they dang well please, that they all drive cool cars or whatever vehicle they want, that they travel to any place in the world they want, that they can do any fun activity they want.

Is that a good way to raise kids? Is that good for kids to spend their teenaged years, does it teach them about the world, does it develop character? I don't think so. If the question is are they happy? I think they are.

Shadow said...

Jocelynn - totally agree. I think Matt and the family at least "think" they're happy with their lives, and I'm fairly certain they spend a lot of time laughing at the peoople who worship them and make their lives possible. Too much evidence to believe otherwise.

I guess what I meant by "happy" comes from what you said in the middle - being "happy" does not make you a good person. I wonder if Matt will ever realize what he has done to his family in a moral and ethical sense, and I wonder if he will ever take a good hard look at the way he has lived his life and be ashamed. The answer, by the way, is almost assuredly NO, because Matt doesn't spend any time considering anything that makes him uncomfortable, but I guess there's always hope.