So this is heavy subject for a comic strip.
Much less a strip where the main characters are a 6 year old boy and his “imaginary” best friend who happens to be a tiger.
Bill Watterson, creator of the comic “Calvin and Hobbes” goes there. He goes there and beyond with respect to using this animated duo to confront a number of difficult subjects such as death and dying. In the process he reminds us that there is always more than one way to process the confounding paradoxes that life presents to us.
In this I find a certain Zen-like quality to the dilemmas Watterson offers to Calvin and Hobbes, and the ways in which they choose to unravel these mysteries.
Ultimately, whether we are 6 or 46 we struggle at the crossroads where the mystery of human action intersects with the mystery of all that is unknown to us. The foundation of human struggle can often be found, I think, in our resistance to what we are experiencing in the now.
To remove struggle is to deny our humanity. To struggle ceaselessly can destroy it. Again the paradox. Perhaps, the only way to deal with paradox is by deploying a radical concept — acceptance.
Easier said than done, I know.
Maybe that’s where a certain cartoon kid and cartoon tiger might come in handy.
Hopefully, both of them are right. Hopefully, all of this will make sense when we, when I, grow up.
Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge.