Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wisdom from the Funnies

In 1946, cartoonist Al Capp, himself an amputee, created a autobiographical comic book to offer encouragement to thousands of WWII veterans who lost limbs in the war. The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive has reproduced the entire comic book here, and it's still a powerful and creative piece of work that might have new relevance for the soldiers coming home from today's wars. Worth a look.

From the book:

Losing a hunk of yourself isn't the best thing that can happen to you -- and it isn't the worst.

The worst thing that can happen to you is to make the missing hunk more important than yourself -- than all the rest of you that's left -- by kidding yourself into thinking that its loss sets you apart from -- (or to) -- other people.

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