I drew this one night after something really bad happened. It was June 2010 and it was probably the worst day of the year for me. And it was much, much, much worse for some other people I know and care about. So, yeah. I went home that night with a lot of things on my mind and decided I should see if drawing helped me focus. This is what came out.
If you want to read Arthur Schopenhauer’s “On the Sufferings of the World,” it is available as the first essay in this book on Project Gutenberg. It’s really good. It’s even darkly funny in parts. Though, if you’ve been a bit depressed, I suggest taking a pass. It’s not encouraging reading.
Old Man: I think it was Schopenhauer who said that if you think the joy in the world equals the suffering, then he...
Panel 2. A mother and a son are on a sidewalk. The son looks to be about six. He is holding a balloon an wearing knickers.
Old Man (narrating): ...need only ask himself if the enjoyment of the tiger eating the...
Panel 3. The Old Man and TV are in the foreground, looking across a street as Jeep hits the boy while the mother looks on in horror. His balloon floats off into the air.
Old Man: ...gazelle equals the suffering of the gazelle being eaten... Oh my.
Panel 4. TV and Old Man look alarmed from across the street. In the foreground, the Jeep has stopped and the mother has her arms up in panic.
Old Man: My God. It's so sad to see that happen to one so young.
TV: But why? If life is so sad?
Panel 6. TV and the Old Man look on. The Old Man seems to be studying the scene.
Panel 7. TV and the Old Man simply look on.
Panel 8. The same.
Panel 9 TV looks on. The Old Man looks away.