Invent Meaning of Own Life – Happier for Trouble

24 October, 2013 at 17:53 Leave a comment

Somewhere on the interwebs, lost in all the noise, links, markups, tags, attribution, nous etc. a comic done by Gavin Aung Than at ZenPencils is doing the rounds as An Incredible Comic by Bill Watterson at ImgUR. Here is a teaser –

Am not the first to decipher that this is not a comic done by the honorary artist behind ‘Calvin and Hobbes’, monsieur Bill Watterson, as many people have beat me to it in this comments page at Reddit (here be dragons; you’ve been warned) but the hypertext led me to the source at ZenPencils and the root of the quote which is from a speech given to the graduating class at Kenyon College by Watterson on May 20, 1990 which has been beatifully illustrated by Gavin.
For those grappling to transcribe or frantically search for the exact text in the comic, look no further for it has been captured as well –

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive.
Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake.
A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.

Hat-tip to my friend Nandita Ravindran for the rabbit hole who said that I was the first one she thought of sharing this with when she stumbled upon ImgUR.

Entry filed under: Arts, CWorks, Life-Theories, News-Media, WebXP.

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