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Tuesday
Sep252007

Calvin and Hobbes

Anson Dorrance has adapted his philosophy of life from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.  In the strip, Calvin is a boy philosopher and Hobbes is a tiger who acts as Calvin's sidekick, alter ego, and counterpoint.  Dorrance's defining strip is a Sunday comic which features Calvin and Hobbes pulling a child's wagon up a hill, across a plateau and then riding in the wagon together as it careens downhill and finally off a cliff.  The dialogue is as follows:

Calvin (walking): My life could be a lot better than it is.  I'm happy but it's not like I'm ecstatic.

(climbing) Life is like topography, Hobbes.  There are summits of happiness and success . . .

(on the plateau) . . . Flat stretches of boring routine . . .

(riding downhill) . . . And valleys of frustration and failure.

But I'm dedicating myself to experiencing only peaks!  I want my life to be one of never-ending ascension!

Each minute of every day should bring me greater joy than the previous minute!

I should always be saying, 'My life is better than I ever imagined it would be.

And it's only going to improve.'

I'm just going to jump from peak to peak!  I'm (off the cliff) . . . whoops.

(As the two tumble down into a chasm)

Hobbes: At least with the flat places you don't have so far to go down.

Calvin:  Only losers go down!  For me it's only going to be up and up!

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