On Monday night actor Chris Pratt accepted MTV’s Generation Award, he thanked his family and then offered some words wisdom to the younger generation.
“This being the Generation Award,” he said, “I’m going to cut to the chase, and I am going to speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up.” — In the moments that followed, Pratt offered fans nine rules for life.
Some of the rules gave practical moral advice. “Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer.”
Others were silly. “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
But surprisingly, the larger number of Pratt’s rules were religious. And, given Hollywood’s penchant for condescension toward people of faith, his rules were downright refreshing.
Rule 2: “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
Rule 6: “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do.”
Rule 8: “Learn to pray. It’s easy and it is so good for your soul.”
Rule 9: “Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted.”