Remember when you were a teenager and you thought that there was absolutely NO WAY your parents could understand how life really is? For those of us who grew up in the 80s, the angst is best represented by this Will Smith video.
It was much the same for the Lear family, only this time the daughters weren’t teenagers… they were fully grown (and ostensibly) mature. The oldest two were dead set in their belief that Dad just couldn’t understand how the contemporary world works.
To them, dad just didn’t understand that the young, the “savvy” and the powerful should be left to make the decisions. The young should inherit the earth. These two daughters valued short-term gain and did not respect the experience and wisdom of their elder.
But then there was the black sheep of the family, Cordelia, who valued honesty and self-determination for herself and her father. In the immortal words of Cookie Monster, “one of these things is not like the other.”