The most profound truths about the human condition are often the most fundamental and simplest of ideas. When all the minutia is stripped away, living a good life is a simple proposition. It’s how we and those around us approach it with our twisted realities, perverse senses of morality and overcooked ideas about the meaning of life that makes it hard to live a good – not great, not blessed, not purposeful – but a good life.
I was reminded of this after reading a great post by Edd McCracken on BookRiot titled “Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else”
Calvin’s observations on common themes of the human condition are ironic, funny, poignent and on some level, tragic. Life is no different. Resigning to this basic truth can make life more rich, textured and simple.
Here are few excerpts from McCracken’s post. I highly encourage you to checkout the full post.
On life’s constant little limitations
Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.
On realising God is more Woody Allen than Michael Bay
Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.
Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.
Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.
On the tears of a clown
Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?
Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.
Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.
On looking yourself in the mirror
Hobbes: So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?”