Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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  1. LX013

    LX013 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes, yes, Calvin, you are so right!

  2. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Some thoughts on Calvin and Hobbes and 9/11

    For those of us who are adults, reading Calvin and Hobbes reminds each of us of our childhood, in one way or another. Many of us cherish our memories of a time of innocence that included seemingly endless summers filled with freedom. And we miss those days now, because we all had to become adults and take on so many responsibilities. We can never go back. Nevertheless, we do still have the freedom to decide to what extent we will pursue the joys of childhood in our adult lives, through curiosity, imagination, spontaneity, creativity, simplicity, freedom of expression, genuine relationships with others, the joy of learning, laughter, and so on.

    For those of us who were adults in the United States on September 11th, 2001, today reminds each of us of exactly where we were and how we were feeling when we first learned of that terrible tragedy. But it also reminds us of what our lives were like before that fateful day. We lost some of our adult innocence and freedom on that day, and we can never fully undo the changes that have taken place as a result. Nevertheless, we still have the freedom to decide to what extent we will allow terrorism to cause us to be controlled by fear – whether it be the fear of another attack, the fear of people who are different from us, or other irrational fears that are sometimes exploited by those who are in power.

    Calvin and Hobbes is set in the pre-September-11th world, from 1985 to 1995. Exposing ourselves to a little bit of that world each day, as we enjoy following the adventures of Calvin and his best friend, can be a good reminder that we should think about our pre-9/11 lives, and strive to incorporate the positive aspects into our post-9/11 lives as much as possible.

    Soon it will be 8:46 AM Eastern time, exactly ten years after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Shortly after that, hundreds of firefighters and police were rescuing victims and directing people out of the buildings. Please take time to observe at least a moment of silence today. Remember all whose lives were lost, as well as their families and friends whose lives were forever changed. Remember the great heroes of that day: those who survived, and those who did not. Also remember the great sacrifices made by so many people after that day, especially our service men and women and their families.

    Finally, here are some words of Charles Schulz that are as relevant today as they were 53 years ago:

    Peanuts (1958)

  3. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Thank you, Hobbes.

  4. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, almost 4 years ago

    Ditto, Hobbes.

  5. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, almost 4 years ago

    Ditto, Hobbes. Have you read the 9/11 tribute in The Meaning of Lila this morning? It is really beautiful.

  6. INGSOC

    INGSOC GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Calvin and Hobbes have that opportunity to Tear It Up Outside, however I suppose that isn’t as much fun to do so Outside, than it is to Tear It Inside….
    Oh well, ponder then collect your thoughts Outdoors within the Morning Sun….

  7. yyyguy

    yyyguy said, almost 4 years ago

    @Hobbes

    you ain’t so bad yourself, Hobbes.
    my avatar, for today only, is my small tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice trying to help others and to those others who paid the supreme price due to the intolerance of others. i hope the human race can finally learn the lesson that we’re all in this together.

  8. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ll remember them all, but first and foremost those who were going up when everyone else was coming down.

  9. justrightturnips

    justrightturnips said, almost 4 years ago

    @yyyguy

    We match!

  10. JoelJ

    JoelJ said, almost 4 years ago

    @Hobbes

    Very well put! Still 10 years after, I wish there some way to have known or been able to do something that day.

  11. JoelJ

    JoelJ said, almost 4 years ago

    A great 9/11 comic today is Over the Hedge, check it out.

  12. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    It just isn’t the same. There are no breakables out in the yard.


    Nice one, Hobbes.

  13. Dha Dha

    Dha Dha said, almost 4 years ago

    @Hobbes

    Yes Hobbes 9/11

  14. Lizardo451

    Lizardo451 said, almost 4 years ago

    Excellent thoughts Hobbs.

    Irrational fears. How true. Today’s parents would be arrested for allowing Calvin to be outside the home unmonitored.

    Wish Watterson would come out with a book of new C&H.

  15. NJB

    NJB said, almost 4 years ago

    All the platitudes do not change the reality that Calvin, as a child, understands what most Americans, as adults, do not. You are not free because you say so, vote for whoever the ruling class allow you to vote for, or shoot things or destroy other countries that don’t value military strength over civil society. As long as we don’t get this the terrorists win, as they are all over the world right now. Today should be a memorial to our foolishness, no more & no less.

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