Three Lessons I Learned from “Breaking Bad”

Breaking_Bad_title_cardLike millions of Americans, I too became hooked on the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad series: “To provide for his family’s future after he is diagnosed with lung cancer, a chemistry genius turned high school teacher teams up with an ex-student to cook and sell the world’s purest crystal meth.”

After 62 episodes, here are three lessions I learned from Breaking BadLesson One: Pride goes before destruction (Prov. 16:18).  From a diagnosed small time chemistry teacher to an RV operation to the ruthless and self-destructive Heisenberg.

Lesson Two: Greed is idolatry (Col. 3:5).  Walter White could have walked away.  He had met his goal.  But he became greedy, and the god of greed consumed him, so much so that his name Heisenberg became something of an urban legend.

Lesson Three: A life of lies, deceptions, and ruthlessness only ends one way (Prov. 14:12).  As I said, Walter White had met his goal.  He could have walked away, keeping his family and sanity intacted.  But with every lie, deceit, and ruthlessness action, Mr. White (as his former student and partner-in-crime would call him) began to convince himself that what he was doing was indeed noble, even though he was hurting those closest to him.  But it was poetic justice in the end.

If you’ve watched the series, I’m sure you may have more or even disagree with me.  But these are my three big take aways.

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2 Responses to Three Lessons I Learned from “Breaking Bad”

  1. Craig Benno says:

    My oldest son (14) has watched the series. I am yet to. But, we have spoken about it a few times. Your points make a lot of sense, and give me some back ground to engage further with him. Thanks.

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