calvin and hobbes

Mr. R recently sent me this link ‘sixteen things calvin and hobbes said better than anyone else‘. Thought I would make a collection of links related to Calvin & Hobbes and Bill Watterson.

Why Bill Watterson is our hero‘ – a collection of 25 cool calvin & hobbes strips

The road taken, a poem by Bill Watterson

Interview with Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson’s commencement speech at Kenyon college.

I highly recommend exploring all the links above; calvin & hobbes is probably one of the funniest and crispiest takes on life and philosophy. My favorite section from the commencement speech is –

“…. But having an enviable career is one thing, and being a happy person is another.

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”



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