Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 17, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 2 years ago

    Goat is right, $10M doesn’t go that far anymore.

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    MatthewHecht  almost 2 years ago

    I knew my greed made me smarter than Budha. I was already enlightened.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    10,000,000$ Crowfunding could work too.

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    Concretionist  almost 2 years ago

    As usual, Rat has hold of truth, but also as usual, he’s got the wrong end of it.

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    Imagine  almost 2 years ago

    By that logic, if I am being tortured and I stop desiring not to be tortured, then I will no longer suffer. OK. I’ll go with the $10 million instead.

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    kaffekup   almost 2 years ago

    Buddhist says to a hot dog vendor, “Make me one with everything.”

    Gives him a twenty. “Don’t I get change?”

    “Change must come from within, my son.”

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    BasilBruce  almost 2 years ago

    I’ll take margarine over Buddha.

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    juncarlo  almost 2 years ago

    Rat, you went from desire to something totally improbable, the truth is that you are a stupid dreamer.

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    B UTTONS  almost 2 years ago

    Politicians have a desire to create a better world for their supporters.

    As a result of their efforts, they banish all of us to suffering from their follies and partisan mistakes.

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    zekepotato  almost 2 years ago

    I don’t believe politicians desire to create a better world for anybody but themselves.

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    The Old Wolf  almost 2 years ago

    No, but he’s a hqiz of a lot smarter than you, Rat.

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    Zoturdley Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    One of the few benefits about growing old is you hear a lot of old sayings. One of the best: "Money is like seawater, the more you drink, the thirstier you get.

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    Troglodyte  almost 2 years ago

    Similar “logic” was used by the Indian Godman, Bhagwan Rajneesh, in his er… seminal work: “From Sex to Superconsciousness”

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    jimchronister2016  almost 2 years ago

    Most religions are based on the fallacy of heaven and hell! Take that away and most people would pray at home and stop paying to get to heaven or stay out of hell. The current Pope admitted there’s NO hell. They are both what you make of your life right here on this planet.

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    Purple People Eater  almost 2 years ago

    Desire is the root of suffering

    Try telling the poor and starving people in the world that all they have to do to relieve their suffering is to stop desiring food.

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    Andrew Sleeth  almost 2 years ago

    Codified religion is a fuqued-up artificial construct. And any religion that seeks to deny or suppress our god-given nature is more fuqued up than most.

    To paraphrase the graphic novel, “V for Vendetta,” People should not be controlled by, and fear, their religions; religions should be controlled by their people.

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    Ellis97  almost 2 years ago

    Anyone can have a million dollars. It’s just another stack of money these days.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Rat COULD try the trump method of getting $10 Million…start with a Billion $…

    By the way… look VERY CLOSELY at the different panels, and you will see that they are NOT Cut-and-Paste. There are very subtle differences between each panel. I think Pastis is playing another joke on his readers…

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    johndifool  almost 2 years ago

    If you meet the Rat on the road, kill him.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    So by that definition, would desiring to continue living or desiring to provide for your family bad?

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    JudyAz  almost 2 years ago

    Writing a check for $10M is no big deal. Cashing it on the other hand…

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    rugeirn  almost 2 years ago

    “No, I’m smarter than you. Which isn’t hard.”

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    Goat from PBS  almost 2 years ago

    I may not be smarter than Buddha, but I do know this:If I give you an inch, Rat, you’ll take 2,000 miles.

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    Cozmik Cowboy  almost 2 years ago

    Not to pick the fly poop out of the pepper or anything, but that should be “the Buddha”.

    It’s not a name, it’s a title used for the philosopher Siddhārtha Gautama; it means, roughly “enlightened one”.

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    codedaddy  almost 2 years ago

    Artwork technique: Copy panel 1. Then paste, paste, paste. Same as last Monday and Tuesday!

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    fritzoid Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    You need water to live. You desire Champagne.

    You need shelter from the elements. You desire a palace.

    Renunciation of desire is simple, but not easy. Think of each of your desires (or “attachments”) as a stone in a sack you carry on your back: You may never empty the sack entirely, but each stone you remove and leave by the side of the road makes your journey that much easier. As has been said in one way or another by many sages East and West, ancient and modern, “He is happiest who is content with least.” Even Jesus preached not to save money for a rainy day, but to trust God that tomorrow will provide for itself (Matthew 6:25-34, paraphrased).

    Theoretically, it is possible to become indifferent to hunger, thirst, physical pain (which is, in Buddhism, not the same as “suffering”; “pain” is imposed from the outside, while “suffering” is your mind’s response to it) or even death, but if you can rid yourself of these desires (i.e. the desire to avoid them) you are likely approaching Enlightenment, and Enlightenment has rewards of its own. Theoretically. (It has been said that to attain Enlightenment you must finally cast aside the desire for Enlightenment, which I admit seems tricky.)

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    zeexenon  almost 2 years ago

    At 77.88, what I desire is no longer available. Nope. No rise and shine when watching porn.

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    everett_r0  almost 2 years ago

    There he goes again, totally missing the entire point of the exercise…. Like so many these days… So many conservatives anyway…

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    WCraft Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Pretty sure that once he got a check for $10 million, he’d desire a check for $20 million.

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    ekke  almost 2 years ago

    No, you need billions. That way you could be like Bill Gates, given all the worship given a doctor without the hassle of getting any medical certification A-tall. When you’re rich, your right!

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    Bilan  almost 2 years ago

    Sigmund Freud was once asked if he preferred treating rich people or poor people.

    Oh, definitely rich people. They know that money won’t solve their problems.

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    M. Dodd  almost 2 years ago

    I am not Buddhist and have not read Buddhist texts, but I would imagine one’s desires lead not only to one’s own suffering but to the suffering of others. Hence inequality, poverty, and violence.

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    zerotvus  almost 2 years ago

    please feel free to send to the Sunday mission box, number 10……..

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    WF11  almost 2 years ago

    How many rich or mega rich stop and say “OK, I have plenty now, no need for any more.”? I remember a while back someone writing that he was rich beyond compare because he had something that no rich person ever had: “enough”. I think THAT is wisdom!

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    knight1192a  almost 2 years ago

    No Rat, He’s thinking more like Buddha than you.

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    wolfdad  almost 2 years ago

    Is this the best strip out there? Rat is the dude…

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    eddi_tbh  almost 2 years ago

    American Buddhism at it’s best.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  almost 2 years ago

    Rat is right in the third panel about would end his desire for money; but that isn’t Goat’s point.

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    Sisyphos  almost 2 years ago

    Rat’s exegesis is problematic, but it is a nice try! The Buddha still wins, though….

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    harkherp  almost 2 years ago

    Stick to beer!

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    jbruins84341  almost 2 years ago

    Just talk to Uncle Joe and tell him it is stimulus money. He’ll believe anything.

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    frenspz  almost 2 years ago

    rat+goat=rage on both ends.

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