Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for June 04, 2018


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  1. Animal and his marbles
    debra4life  11 months ago


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    gammaguy  11 months ago

    A dangerous oversimplification.

    I have never experienced a “struggle” between “two wolves”, or “good” and “evil”. I was taught by my parents that some things are “good”, some “bad”, and some neither. As I have grown, my personal experience has led me to relabel a few details… though only a few.

    Am I really different from “everyone” else? Or could it be that others are taught to create these “wolves” inside of themselves?

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    Willywise52 Premium Member 11 months ago


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    Chrystos B Minot Premium Member 11 months ago

    Bravo, Gavin. Yes, GammaGuy, it is an simplification. Do < you > want to pen a comic strip, or an essay, that better articulates the nuances of good and evil? I’m waiting. And why “dangerous”? Dichotomies are not without merit. And Horst, I guess you could (and maybe have) written a great essay on greed vs hope, arrogance vs empathy, rage vs. forgiveness, and so forth. But who would read it? Certainly a dichotomy can be nuanced into a continuum, then other dualities brought in with different “vectors” so to speak, for a more 3-D, high res approach / exploration… But in a comic strip? I’d rather see a 10 panel strip get 130 people thinking about deeper things, than an essay that three people finish. Namaste.

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    martinstevense Premium Member 11 months ago

    This is a comic strip I very much like. Gavin has made an enormous lot of this type of drawings. And Chrystos, I agree, simplification with a good result (to get you thinking at least) is always a good step forward. Colours? Well, I’m not very much into colours. I like black dogs and white dogs all the same, I like wolves. The symbolism of the colours? Remove it and acnowledge what’s left behind. That will be the negative advisor and the positive advisor. To which are you going to listen most of the times? I have made a choice years ago.

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    Rich Douglas  11 months ago

    As a leader for more than 40 years, I can say I’ve never talked with someone with an ethical dilemma. Not ever. It always boils down to (a) what you want to do and (b) what you’re supposed to do.

    Even still, the struggle is a hard one.

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    Liam Astle Premium Member 11 months ago

    Grandpa’s got gas.

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