Ron Swanson is my spirit animal

Lydia Montgomery, Exchange Editor

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 A few months ago I was introduced to the wonderful show “Parks and Recreation.” Within this show, there are many amazing and wonderful characters including Leslie Knope, Andy Dwyer, Tom Haverford and so many more, but there is one person who sticks out to me: Ron Swanson.

     If you have never seen “Parks and Recreation,” let me explain to you who Ron Swanson is. According to Urban Dictionary, Ron Swanson “is known for his deadpan, masculine presence as an ultraconservative parks director for Pawnee, Indiana. A local government official who hates all things government, Ron Swanson sets the bar for manliness.” 

     Ron Swanson is the light of my life. After a day at school and four grueling hours of work, I love coming home to the witty show. When Ron Swanson speaks my heart melts. Our personalities are the same when it comes to people. As Ron Swanson once said, “When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them.” He was also quoted saying, “I’m not interested in caring about people.”   

     Ron Swanson’s laziness also matches mine. Ron looks for lazy people to work under him. If they’re not focused on getting government work done, they are perfect for the job. Tom Haverford is a perfect example of what Ron Swanson looks for in a government employee. “I like Tom. He doesn’t do a lot of work around here. He shows zero initiative. He’s not a team player. He’s never wanted to go that extra mile. Tom is exactly what I’m looking for in a government employee.”

     I have realized over the past four years of high school that this is my personality. I may not be as big of a fan of meat or manual labor, but when it comes to doing as little as possible and my attitude towards people, Ron Swanson and I are the same person.


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