Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    He’s shaken by your profound question.

  2. Yukoner

    Yukoner said, about 4 years ago

    Out of the mouths of babes.

  3. Supersurfer

    Supersurfer GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Easy question Calvin, when you’re attacked you either fight back or become part of the group that attacked. Your choice.

  4. papaernz

    papaernz said, about 4 years ago

    If you can’t beat them, join them.

  5. LX013

    LX013 said, about 4 years ago

    When I was a child I asked this very often!

  6. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Ok, so, it’s Monday morning, and we turn to the comics for a little light chuckle to start off our week. Instead, Calvin is asking an incredibly profound question.

    At the root of the world’s problems is the problem of evil. Which brings up the issue of using war to try to address the problem of evil. Which brings up the issue of whether war itself is right or wrong, good or evil, or some shade of gray in-between. Which brings up the previous topic of black-and-white thinking. Which brings up the issue of being forced to choose the lesser of evils when confronted with no good options. Which brings up the question of whether some wars can be justified and some can not. Which brings up the issue of how to decide which ones can and which ones can’t. Which brings up the issue of whether wars in the name of religion can be justified. Which brings up an endless number of other issues.

    Ironically, two weeks ago, Calvin’s dad complained that Calvin sees the world in black and white. But today, Calvin has asked a question that involves so many shades of gray that his dad cannot answer it.

    Some days are a lot easier for all of us to deal with, when the main problem on our minds is that Stupendous Man is having trouble getting into his snow pants.

    – Hobbes

  7. puppybreath

    puppybreath GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    What a really deep, profound question from Calvin! And yes, different nations, tribes and groups do attack and sometimes it seems as if the only answer is to try to kill as many of them as you can. That is conventional thinking. But the question remains,

    “How do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems?”

    The simple answer is that it will never solve the world’s problems.

    My feeling is that only God can do that.

  8. titanicus

    titanicus said, about 4 years ago

    I don’t think that Calvin’s Dad cannot answer it, he just doesn’t want to answer it with an obvious answer - it doesn’t help one bit to solve anything (unless the complete annihilation of the other side ends the conflict).

    As Calvin correctly surmises, adults just act like they know what they’re doing.

  9. gmartin997

    gmartin997 said, about 4 years ago

    Sadly, there will never be an answer to that question. Wars are fought for power or to resist power; and killing is a consequence of war. .

  10. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    War itself is an evil, there is no getting around that. However, the sad fact of life is that war is often the lesser of two evils. The opposite of war is often death or slavery.

    After Czechoslavakia was given over to Hitler, Winston Churchill stated that Britain had a choice between shame and war and having chosen shame, would get war. In truth, it was a choice between slavery and war. Despite Hitler’s apparent admiration for the British, eventually he would have taken them on, once everyone else was defeated, so the UK had little choice in the matter. In dealing with a tiger, one either is eaten or one defeats the tiger.

    Today, all too often, it’s assumed one can “negotiate” with anyone. That only works if 1. there are two sides that actually want to negotiate, and both have not already decided upon a course of action 2. both sides have something to gain by negotiation, 3. both sides are acting in good faith. 4. the side initiating the negotiation cannot be in a position of weakness.

    That is why most negotiations with “outlaw nations” fail.

  11. zeeny

    zeeny said, about 4 years ago

    Calvin! take it easy wid dad……can’t u see how shocked he is??

  12. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    A profound question with no easy answer!

    Good Morning, Marg, Mike & ♠Lonewolf!♠!

  13. Tim Walters

    Tim Walters said, about 4 years ago


  14. Ooops!

    Ooops! said, about 4 years ago

    Yeah, that sounds about right Calvin.

  15. DerkinsVanPelt218

    DerkinsVanPelt218 said, about 4 years ago

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