#1
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.


Found that scribbled on a page of someone's sketches I was looking at, or part of it anyway. What's your take on it?


Here's the context: http://web.mit.edu/jmorzins/www/C-H-speech.html


Smart guy.
#2
I love Bill Watterson. He's probably the best philosopher of the eighties/nineties.
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I may have to send this to my dad,

it basically explains why I'm content with getting C's in all of my classes even though I could have A's if I did the homework. (Any of it)

I don't see the point of "Living up to my potential" when I'm happy where I am.

Sure, I'll work to get a good job that I'm happy doing when I'm out of school,
but it's too late now for grades to make a difference for me.

/rant
Blindfolds aside I'd probably still close my eyes

And try to feel a trembling fetal life inside
that shotgun barrel that's about to make me bleed

Like an ulcer in the stomach of the beast


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Quote by sneyob
I may have to send this to my dad,

it basically explains why I'm content with getting C's in all of my classes even though I could have A's if I did the homework. (Any of it)

I don't see the point of "Living up to my potential" when I'm happy where I am.

Sure, I'll work to get a good job that I'm happy doing when I'm out of school,
but it's too late now for grades to make a difference for me.

/rant


If you can get A's do it.... Student Loans suck, Scholarships are good.

Just some advice you'll probably ignore, like I did. Now I'm paying off a student loan and can't afford a guitar.
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If you can get A's do it.... Student Loans suck, Scholarships are good.

Just some advice you'll probably ignore, like I did. Now I'm paying off a student loan and can't afford a guitar.


Bleh if it could get me scholarships, I would go for it.

But there are ridiculously insane kids who have been doing community service since 6th grade/have had straight A's in 8 classes every year/do outside of school ****/etc.

I don't stand a chance against them,
so I don't feel like I should prove my ability to anyone until it counts.
Blindfolds aside I'd probably still close my eyes

And try to feel a trembling fetal life inside
that shotgun barrel that's about to make me bleed

Like an ulcer in the stomach of the beast


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Quote by sneyob
Bleh if it could get me scholarships, I would go for it.

But there are ridiculously insane kids who have been doing community service since 6th grade/have had straight A's in 8 classes every year/do outside of school ****/etc.

I don't stand a chance against them,
so I don't feel like I should prove my ability to anyone until it counts.

All you need is good grades and test scores. I do NOTHING outside of school and just because of my good grades and test scores (act/sat) I get all kinds of money thrown at me by schools.
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Bleh if it could get me scholarships, I would go for it.

But there are ridiculously insane kids who have been doing community service since 6th grade/have had straight A's in 8 classes every year/do outside of school ****/etc.

I don't stand a chance against them,
so I don't feel like I should prove my ability to anyone until it counts.

This is off-topic, but... this really is a bad attitude to have, man.

On-topic...


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Quote by sneyob
I may have to send this to my dad,

it basically explains why I'm content with getting C's in all of my classes even though I could have A's if I did the homework. (Any of it)

I don't see the point of "Living up to my potential" when I'm happy where I am.

Sure, I'll work to get a good job that I'm happy doing when I'm out of school,
but it's too late now for grades to make a difference for me.

/rant


There's a big difference between being happy with where you are and just being lazy. Sure, you're happy with C's now, but what happens when you decide that what you want is to be a teacher (or engineer, or scientist, or writer or anything for that matter) and you can't get into college because of those C's. It happens. So many of my lazy ass friends in high school who "didn't care" about their grades ended up regretting it. Realize that he's not encouraging laziness. You still need to be able to provide for yourself and be a contributing member of society.
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Quote by sneyob
Bleh if it could get me scholarships, I would go for it.

But there are ridiculously insane kids who have been doing community service since 6th grade/have had straight A's in 8 classes every year/do outside of school ****/etc.

I don't stand a chance against them,
so I don't feel like I should prove my ability to anyone until it counts.


Just tryin' to help a guy out, you sound just like me 6 years ago is all, I had to Upgrade my math and physics AFTER my HS diploma cuz I didn't do good enough to get into college.

Please don't be like me. I wasted a year of my life.
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Such an intelligent thinker that man is!
It made me feel relieved that I chose a trade (HVAC), instead of getting a degree that wouldn't get me too far unless I went for a masters.
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#15
Bill Watterson was the ultimate double threat, man. He's one of the smartest guys from the late 20th century and he draws epicly hilarious faces.

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#16
He's kind of an ass though, I wrote him a letter once (I used to be a massive C&H fan) and I got a letter back from his assistant or something saying that he doesn't accept fan mail and refuses to reply or sign autographs. Maybe the fame got to his head or something.
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#17
Calvin and Hobbes was my childhood. I have every book and I used read them over and over and over.
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He's kind of an ass though, I wrote him a letter once (I used to be a massive C&H fan) and I got a letter back from his assistant or something saying that he doesn't accept fan mail and refuses to reply or sign autographs. Maybe the fame got to his head or something.


Watterson doesn't want to cheapen Calvin and Hobbes by putting a price tag on his signature. Also, he doesn't let Calvin and Hobbes get put on any merchandise whatsoever. Anything you see, like that silly car decal of Calvin pissing on a logo is just fake. I believe recently he's expressed a distaste in how much marketing and merchandise Garfield has.

I find it admirable that he lets his material speak for itself, and has enough confidence that people will buy it and read it without having to plaster Calvin's face on a coffee mug.

EDIT: And for the record, I love that quotation.
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Quote by Jesse Mrau
Watterson doesn't want to cheapen Calvin and Hobbes by putting a price tag on his signature. Also, he doesn't let Calvin and Hobbes get put on any merchandise whatsoever. Anything you see, like that silly car decal of Calvin pissing on a logo is just fake. I believe recently he's expressed a distaste in how much marketing and merchandise Garfield has.

I find it admirable that he lets his material speak for itself, and has enough confidence that people will buy it and read it without having to plaster Calvin's face on a coffee mug.

EDIT: And for the record, I love that quotation.



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Calvin and Hobbes was my childhood. I have every book and I used read them over and over and over.


**** yeah. This is my exact childhood. Throw in a few stolen bikes, rapings, and a tree house, and you've got my childhood.
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#21
THat just made my night. Now one of my favourite quotes.
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Love it.

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#24
that message he wrote....... ingenious, and inspiring.

I think I'll print it out and hang it up on my wall, it's given me a buttload to think about...
#25
Calvin and Hobbes is probably THE most amazing comic strip. Bill Watterson has always been a great philosopher it seems. Speeches such as these only further solidify that belief for me.
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