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Comic 81 - The Very Loner Christmas - Page 11

24th Dec 2010, 11:30 AM
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24th Dec 2010, 11:30 AM
J2383
I'm going to leave this one up until the new year, and then it's going to change into something a little more funny, and a lot less personal. Why? Because right now if any of the people involved in this story, or those connected to anyone involved in it, were to see this a lot of shit would be stirred up that I would just as soon not stir up.

Coincidentally, the email that this is based off of, is one of the most depressing things I've ever had to force myself to read. Apart from the terrible arguments I used, the whole thing just included WAAAAAAAY too much personal stuff that I would never dream of sharing with another human being. Maybe I've just become less trusting since this happened, but this whole incident is a mistake I doubt I'd ever make again.

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24th Dec 2010, 12:02 PM
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Following into Tat Tvam Asi?
24th Dec 2010, 12:05 PM
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Oh, and i forgot to mention what i meant to say about your strip itself, but got lost in the content. I admire your courage here, it's bold work, all the more so for the loner.
25th Dec 2010, 4:27 PM
J2383
@-3-

Thank you, sir. At the time I wrote the letter I would have called myself a Wiccan; now I would put myself under the very general term 'Pagan'
28th Dec 2010, 11:14 AM
Adriane
I don't often see myself or the people I love depicted in comics, you have done this admirable. I love that tree with roots analogy, I'm totally going to use that instead of the "cloud of conciousness" I've been using when explaining my beliefs to people. Because we are the leaves on those trees and if you hurt one you inevitable hurt the others.

I'm sorry that you went though this ordeal, unfortunately it's not uncommon. I have been lucky in my experiences with people close to me, but I understand your plight.
28th Dec 2010, 6:51 PM
J2383
@Adriane

I'm rather glad you enjoyed it. This is hardly an uncommon thing, but I wanted to share it with people; because when it's happening to you, it can feel like you're the only one who's ever experience it. That can be immensely lonely and isolating.

The tree analogy is one I absolutely love, because it's something pretty much everyone can instantly visualize and understand on a philosophical level. I've honestly always visualized deities as being a natural bi-product of the natural underlying masculine and feminine spiritual energy of the universe. Even that, I know is a poor way to look at it, but that's how I see it at the moment. But try explaining that to your average person, and you'll get a blank stare in the best of situations.
29th Dec 2010, 12:13 PM
Adriane
Yeah, sometimes even "pagan" won't understand what you're talking about. I got kicked off a forum group for saying that Aleister Crowley is interesting, that's all, it seems downright silly now but at the time it was extremely hurtful. I also think that the diety names and faces we choose are simply reflections of qualities we'd like to emulate in our lives, but that the individual dieties are all pieces of the one (like the tree thing).

Anyway, thank you for putting yourself out here, the internet is a vast place and finding like minded people is a wonderful side-effect.
7th Mar 2011, 12:30 PM
S
S
I'll forego my usual handle on this site for this post.

I am, by product of my upbringing, a Baptist. I currently have little against this denomination. I simply have secular (meaning extra-religion, not anti-religion, as many seem to think the word means) beliefs – my own beliefs – about God.

I have never explored other religions; I have never had the desire or need to do so. I simply acknowledged that I see things a little differently. But basically, your tree analogy fits my ideas well. I believe that, no matter what you call Him – be it Jehovah, Allah, God, Yahweh, Krishna, even Mother Nature, or Science – it’s more-or-less the same Guy. Granted, I am sure I’m over-simplifying this, but I choose to call it seeing from a more abstract perspective.