Last night I watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jaycee Dugard, who was violently ripped from her family at age 11 and found 18 years later. One can easily feel the range and depth of hate, outrage, shock, and bewilderment of the mother, but more riveting than the reality horror show of two monsters preying on children to feed their narcissism was the child’s victorious spirit! “Living well is the best revenge,” it has been said, but few adults practice that wisdom. An 11-year-old girl, now in her early 30s and the mother of two daughters she gave birth to at age 14 and 17 while enslaved and terrorized, demonstrates this better than anyone! She will not allow the monsters to devour one more morsel of her identity or rob her of one more minute of happiness. She will not spend her time getting even in noble ways, such as championing a cause that should have been championed by the police who were grossly negligent of their duty to monitor a convicted child rapist who was on parole during the entire 18 years he kept Jaycee locked in his back yard. Even during her captivity, she spent her lonely thousands upon thousands of hours befriending spiders and stray kittens, journaling, and dreaming of seeing her mom again.Jaycee is a remarkable woman whose attitude about surviving child rape and extreme isolation is a profound inspiration! I hope her mother will follow her example, and let the system correct itself. She already lost enough time and joy with her daughter.
It is highly unlikely that the reader has ever experienced anything close to the horror and losses dealt this child. Learn from her! Read her memoir:
Readers of indie comics know immediately who’s in the news again today. His name is Cerebus, the aardvark barbarian turned prime minister turned pope anti-superhero, created by Dave Sim. Word on the street is that Dave–can we call him Dave?–renounced his title as ‘Godfather of indie comics’ years ago when it caught on, so we’ll call him champion of indies. He has to be happy today–his Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to digitize Cerebus and offer it as a web comic more than reached its goal within hours and doubled overnight! What does that mean for Cerebus fans? You will be able to pass on this classic anti-superhero, intelligent and amusing story to your grandchildren to read on their electronic tablets. Cerebus will be going everywhere in the virtual world faster than a speeding bullet.
For those who don’t already know the most amazing thing about Cerebus, this aardvark exists because a man said he would do something impossible and then he did it. He did it on time and without excuse or apology for the unexpected curves. Dave started in December 1977. He proclaimed he would create 300 issues. This in a time when Marvel and DC were whipping up superheroes like cotton candy. Cerebus is now a 6,000-page series of graphic novels that is as well-known by geeks as The Watchmen.
This success at Kickstarter is good news for the Cerebus film project that is currently in post-production, directed by Oliver Simonsen. Although it is not directly connected to this Kickstarter campaign, the popularity of Cerebus is thus established and will help sweeten the pot for the production crew when it comes time to negotiate the tricky business of film distribution rights and its theatrical debut. The film is slated for release in 2013.
This is a call for intellectuals and nurturing people everywhere to get loud in the quest for fairness and freedom of self expression. For example, let’s consider an underused stone for people who throw tantrums in glass houses: Misandrist.
Anyone who has heard someone labeled a misandrist in the past year, please raise your hand and tell us all about it.
Some time ago, an illustrator/storyteller invented characters through which certain controversial ideas could be portrayed. It does not matter who the young artist was or whether the storyteller had boy parts or girl parts. What matters is that this creative spirit could be your child. Now keep it in that light.
An artistic soul expressed ideas that were counter-culture. Said artist was then labeled by mighty forces with the deadliest word of the decade in that pop culture. One must question the motives of stone-throwers, especially when we are merely talking and sketching ideas.
Today, my son is in college with a double major: Cinema Arts and Accounting. He is a talented boy with dreams of directing and writing movies. To pay the rent, he’ll work in the accounting field. I write this to ensure my son’s freedom to explore and express ideas: I believe that Dave Sim cherishes traditional Womanhood and femininity. There are essentially two types of people born into this world: traditionalists and catalysts of change. We catalysts ought to wholeheartedly embrace our counterparts, traditionalists. Nature has a purpose for holding back change, and for bringing forth change, in due season, ebb and flow. Traditionalists and catalysts must look at one another as equally important parts of the Big Picture. As a wise, ancient king wrote: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
It’s all good. Carry on, our wayward sons.
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