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Bill Watterson’s thoughts on finding fulfillment in life illustrated in the style of Bill Watterson

A quote from Calvin and Hobbes author Bill Watterson, illustrated by Zen Pencils

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6 responses to “Bill Watterson’s thoughts on finding fulfillment in life illustrated in the style of Bill Watterson”

  1. Cesare says:

    Words of wisdom from a creative soul for a creative soul.

  2. Frank says:

    There’s a rather large gap between your internet philosophy and Bill Watterson’s experience of life as we truly live it.

  3. Ian says:

    Amen Frank.A confusing philosophy, to boot. So Watterson’s message is “positive” inasmuch as it rebuffs hegemony and collectivism (“following the masses leads to unhappiness”), so we’re satisfied from the start that Gavin is no “socialist.” Yet also not an anarchist (individualism seen as “radical” if exercised). So we must assume something more along the lines of a familial traditionalist, as the danger appears to be “choosing [one’s] own path in rebellion to society or parents.” There are, then, two problems here. The first is that Watterson’s not really promoting “rebellion”–in fact he clearly points to the fact that it will be *misread* as such: “a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric if not a subversive [read rebel, i.e. rebellion].” The very point is that a reader like you would assume rebelliousness is part of the problem.On the one side, it’s a gendered message, after all (the regular use of “his” suggests this)–that even in the age of the two working parent household, the prejudice remains that a househusband is somehow a “flake” (suggesting that only women can in-house parent and its misogynist converse, that this is all they should do). At the same time it also points out that opting out of the “working to work” mentality in favor of non-careerist maintenance work that allows for the development of individual projects of love is also frowned upon.In all, the message Watterson provides seems far more sophisticated than this cynical safe-zone that wants to have it both ways. Holding close to the need to obey the dictates of family and society is no less “Hallmark” than the sentiments presented in the comic (in fact, it would seem to be more so since “Hallmark” cashes in on the cliches which go must unquestioned by mass culture). But if your point is that *nothing* leads to fulfillment, well, enjoy that.

  4. Reality says:

    No she doesn’t. No it wasn’t.

  5. Simone says:

    Bill Watterson!! Love his work! Love Calvin and Hobbes… This illustration is so much like his style. Good job, guys. Beautiful! I felt blessed with the message of the post. Thanks

  6. B says:

    Well said. We all have different ticks that make us tock. Some are built to embrace societies general view of what success is and others, not so much. I’ll take time over money, because without time, money is useless. And I don’t need much money to enjoy my time.