Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 2 years ago

    What you are is a loser. Can’t hack competition? There will always be those at the top and those at the bottom. Find your place in the pecking order and deal with it.

  2. Birgit Heesemann

    Birgit Heesemann said, over 2 years ago

    It is people like you who enable the 1% to exploit the rest of us! Keep us busy by competing about everything so that we don’t notice what really is happening.

  3. andygup

    andygup said, over 2 years ago

    Competition? There’s always, ALWAYS, someone better at anything.
    Knowing that, and knowing yourself, ironically leads to the most happiness. That is where the virtue of humility and the fallacy, the sin, of pride.

  4. Zigman

    Zigman said, over 2 years ago

    Accept who you are. Know your strong points and your weak points. Everyone has their own role to fill, and knowing that, you will be more at peace.

  5. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    I agree. That is the true meaning of Zen.
    All are equal…..we are all born and will all die.
    It is the journey that matters….

  6. Dat1guy

    Dat1guy said, over 2 years ago


    A Pro-lifer, huh? Good for you.

  7. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, over 2 years ago


    Having inadequacy issues there Bub?

  8. Kirk

    Kirk GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    How can you strive to improve yourself, if there is no scale to measure by, and if you have no place on the scale?
    The point should be that, at some point in the competition, you have to be proud of what you have accomplished to that point.
    Self-worth by definition implies a scale, from low to high.
    The issue I have is with the schools and organizations handing out awards in the name of self-esteem. There is no merit behind the award, no feeling of accomplishment. Just a temporary glow of possession. These awards are not teaching our children how to succeed in life. They teach them that it is acceptable to not strive. That the world owes you what you can’t, or won’t, achieve for yourself.

  9. Kind&Kinder

    Kind&Kinder GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    That’s not really Zen. Zen deals with the Ineffable that lives as us and everyone and everything. Knowing this, it is useless to put much weight on competition and competitive striving, but it becomes incumbent upon us to live to our fullest in each moment in the eternal Now. It would be counterproductive to remain uncognizant of what has already been accomplished if our drive is to continue to “grow” in this reality. What is important to remember is that Zen masters often laugh when asked about life and ultimate reality. Just remember, we’re all just writing and acting in our own play.

  10. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, over 2 years ago


    Pretty much. The phrase “evolve or die” applies to one’s own personal growth as well.

  11. L71Maynard

    L71Maynard said, over 2 years ago

    Thanks for introducing me to Jiddu Krishnamurti. Very nice comic.

  12. Ken Cowan

    Ken Cowan GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    One does not need a scale to improve. Observation of ones own labors, and outcomes, tells the tale…and is NOT a scale. The diversity of skills, interests, points of view, quirks, etc. between one individual and another are so varied as to make comparison ridiculous. It would be trying to conduct an experiment with NO control. Hagowar, Kirk, and similar others are just too comfortable with their own little world view, no doubt as it has been taught to them, or in a reframing, as they have been indoctrinated. See there? That’s a form of comparison I just made, and there was really no point in doing it. My opinion was made or not made without any reference to you at all…but that is the tendency, isn’t it? Let go of that, and you can still argue, or do your best to support your own view, but there’s less likely to be an actual fight, and no one is being repressed or assaulted. Compete if you must…or just do what you do, and be who you are, without worrying about what anyone else is doing.

  13. spaced man spliff

    spaced man spliff said, over 2 years ago

    …..someone else’s grass always looks greener…..so that means: to someone else your grass always looks greener (regardless of this drought).

  14. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 2 years ago

    Is it just me or do they all look .. Canadian?

  15. NAWSA

    NAWSA GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    There have been cultures that are not competitive and probably there still are. I think the Navaho culture was one. Children are discouraged from being better than the group and cooperation is the norm. I understand they work well until they are attacked by the trained killers of a competitive society. Then the children are sent off to boarding schools to be trained, brutally if necessary, to accept competition as the superior way of life.
    Ironic, as humans would never have survived or evolved except as a cooperative group.

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