No soup for you, 3.5 readers.
Most shows get worse the longer they go on, but Seinfeld was one of those rare shows that got better with age. Many of its most iconic episodes come toward the end, such as this one from season 7 where Jerry and friends subjugate themselves to the whims of the infamous Soup Nazi.
What can we learn from this episode?
When you’re at the top of your game, you can be a prick. When you’ve got something people want, you can be outrageous with your demands. The Soup Nazi makes the best soup in all of New York, nay maybe the world and with a constant line around the corner outside his shop, he can afford to send any customer who offends him in the slightest way packing. Meanwhile, customers who love his food that much are willing to endure the abuse just to get a taste of his magnificent creations.
Another Seinfeldian metaphor for life? Think about what you want, all the hoops you had to jump through to get it, how the slightest mistake took you off track. In a way, we’re all just customers in the Soup Nazi’s line, hoping we’ll figure out the right combo of moves to make to get ourselves through the soup line successfully and get home with a nice cup of piping hot soup in hand.