We’ve talked before on this site about the crippling nature of Anxiety. It’s a real problem faced by people all over the world – and one of those people is clearly Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar. In the latest episode of the show, Mindful Education, Steven and Connie are both dealing with anxieties over things in their life, and it’s affecting their ability to fuse. The show’s heart, Garnet, takes them aside with the brilliant line, “Hold the phone. Now give the phone to me,” and teaches them how to face their anxieties and over come them in the incredible song, “Here
Comes a Thought.”
As someone who deals with this every day, my god is this song helpful. The image of the single butterfly becoming a thousand that swarm over you – it’s why I dive into my phone all the time rather than be alone with my thoughts. But Garnet is right. You can’t hide from these feelings. You have to see them, acknowledge them, and realize the important lesson that this tiny, tiny thing won’t be the reason you fall apart. Because you’re here, for you.
I am constantly amazed by this show and its ability to teach kids incredibly complex concepts through its storytelling. It’s one of the most important examples of what science fiction is supposed to do – use the trappings of a supposedly futuristic, alien story to tell us more about ourselves through metaphor. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic to say that Steven Universe might be one of the most important TV shows of our time, and I can’t wait to share it with my kids.
If you want to hear more about the show, you should check out our interviews with the cast:
Zach Callison (Steven), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), and DeeDee Magno Hall (Pearl)