Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for January 20, 2014
Certainly the most destructive vice that a person can have, more than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins... is self pitty. Self-pitty will destroy relationships. It will destroy anything that's good. It will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. It is so simple to imagine that one is hard done by and that things are unfair. That one is under-appreciated. And that if only one had a chance at this or if only one had a chance at that...things would have gone better. I almost wanted once to publish a self-help book saying...How to be happy. And people would buy this huge book...and the first page would just say. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy. And that's what the book would be. And it would be true. It sounds like "oh, that's so simple." But, of course, it's not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself. It's bloody hard. -Stephen Fry
This one is almost bad enough to make me consider dropping this strip.A lot of people who are that far down are mentally ill. Telling them to just “cheer up” or “just get over themselves” is only going to make matters worse. These people need patience to a certain degree, and perhaps even professional medical assistance.