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lontabi6/23/1710:59
Very good episode. Reminds me of my own anger issues I wanted to give up anger completely but instead learned that it's impossible so I'm trying to control what I do like Ivy tries in this episode.
Monika6/24/1710:41
Breakthrough!
Mary Lynne Schuster6/24/1711:47
I love this comic. I think fiction is so important for two reasons: It gives us the ability to be in someone else's head and see things from their perspective, which gives us the ability to feel empathy (The Better Angels of our Nature: The Decline of Violence in our Society by Steven Pinker talks about this. With the rise of the fiction novel, society started shifting towards caring for less fortunate. It's easier to have sympathy for the poor when you've been Oliver Twist or David Copperfield.)

Second, writing fiction is like a thought experiment - you create a character with different world view with different assumptions and truths, and then see what we can learn about ourselves from them. It's often something we can't see from our own lives.

There are so many interesting questions you are exploring. Where would morality come from if we weren't subject to society's consequences? Who are we when we don't fit in any roles in society? What do we have in common when we are so different? What makes a family? What connects us? What are we willing to give up to be in relationship? The device of having each character start from different assumptions/truths is a fascinating way to challenge ideas about ourselves.

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