Obstacles, Big and Small

The comics are mostly pretty crappy, although having to come up with something funny every day for years is probably a real pain. Nonetheless, when I read this “Family Circus” strip this morning, I was strangely touched. I think it shows something a lot of people experience-

The bigger boys run down the bank, over the log and the rocks easily. But for little PJ- tagging along with the big kids- the obstacle is a lot more frightening. He’s smaller, and has shorter legs. He’s younger and probably hasn’t been out of the yard away from his mom much, maybe never. The big drops of the embankment, the rough and possibly treacherous surface of the log and rocks maybe more than he can handle without falling and hurting himself. And worst of all the big kids are running ahead without him! Why can’t his brothers stay and help him down? Which is scarier, trying to climb down and catch up with the big boys, or turning around and going home?

PJ can probably learn easier and with less stress with a little help, but it looks like he will have to do it on his own. Unfortunately a lot of life is like that- we have to face difficult, scary new challenges all on our own. It’s easy to say “Climb down! It’s easy!” but harder to do.

I guess life is just one new obstacle to cross after another. All we can do is be as brave as we can manage.


8 Responses to Obstacles, Big and Small

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  2. Roissyism? Say rather, Normanism. I refer to John Norman, author of a series of nearly thirty sadomasochistic soft porn novels published from the late 1960s on, noted both for the quality of the writing and the very lengthy disquisitions on the fundamental philosophy of the culture of Gor. That philosophy is that women are natural slaves to be owned and dominated by men, who vie with each other for power, and that to live in any other way is an unnatural perversion of the true natures of both. This is not merely the fictional background to the novels, but quite clearly Norman’s actual views. Latterly he has taken evolutionary psychology on board in support of his philosophy.

    If anyone finds links to material of that nature surprising here, they should note that “Roissy in DC” is a clear reference to another Roissy with similar connections, and that the words of one “Master Dogen” quoted previously by Robin Hanson could have come straight out of Norman’s non-fiction book on sex.

    People should know these things.

  3. Sheila Tone says:

    It was pretty prescient of you to mention him just a few weeks before he died. Of all the comics to mention, you mention the last one I’d expect you to.

    • I saw that cartoon and it reminded me of so many things in life. What is scary for people like me is easy for many others. A big part of life is learning how to handle these things.

  4. Jason says:

    Omega: I was fascinated by your blog (read all the posts) and hope you can find the way down the bank.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dammit, did you start another sex blog somewhere else? I’ll sniff you out. It really bugs me that you think you can trick me.

  6. Candice says:

    Hello – please put up another post so we know you are OK. Thanks C 🙂

  7. elliotfrost256@gmail.com says:

    Regardless of how you feel, Omega Man, you do have a responsibility to inform the small pool of devoted readers that have amassed here at your little pundit. Just an update for Christ sake, let us know how your doing, or atleast inform us that you no longer wish to blog and share your life with us. I seriously wonder whether or not your dead.

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