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  1. 2 days ago on Non Sequitur

    Early man evolved as a migratory species. He followed his food. He followed the ripening of fruits and vegetables and the movement of herds. And he moved away from danger. Once he discovered agriculture, he stayed in one place longer — until the harvests failed or other disasters occurred. Then he moved on. He built small communities and developed diversified skills and learned to work together with more than just his family. And, whenever disaster struck - whether it be environmentally or human-caused, he moved on. He moved from Africa all the way around the world, one disaster at a time. After the advent of “civilization”, he continued to do so. Early man walked to every spot of land that was habitable. Later man sailed across the ocean in large ships to “found” America. All people wanting to survive, to find a better, safer world for their families, just moving on [understanding that one group’s desire to move in could force another group to move out]. However, as we move nowadays, there are no new worlds to settle in, only worlds where huge groups of people have already claimed ownership. What we have never realized through all the centuries of almost constant motion is that we are the only species that has the ability to find other ways to handle the problems that force people into migration.

  2. 2 days ago on Non Sequitur

    I was totally upset by gocomics’ decision to ban political comments [still am] evidently because too many commenters were behaving like playground kindergarteners instead of adults. But I did look forward to the possibility that silly people wouldn’t keep doing their “car-chant” — my name for the kids’-in-the-backseat monotonous and cacophonous parrot cries, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” But, here they pop up, possibly ruining another comic-comment section.

  3. 3 days ago on Non Sequitur

    Surprising that no one seemed to care so much a year or so ago. Look around, where are the not-so-old leaders? Those who attempt to rise to the surface tend to get shoved back down. We are so good at picking and shooting down people who turn out to be not-what-we-thought-they-were. We don’t seem to realize that Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, etc. only exist in the comics and on film. Politicians, good and bad, don’t have any retakes or stunt men to take their falls [well, most politicians don’t].

    My concern is which one will allow the rest of us to grow old [peacefully, gracefully, safely].

  4. 3 days ago on Non Sequitur

    A fact is something that’s indisputable, based on empirical research and quantifiable measures. Facts are proven through calculation and experience and repetition - they don’t change over time; they don’t change for people in different times or places. Fresh water always boils at the same temperature when at sea level, even if the temperature scale is different. [That is why scientists provide so many specifics and qualifiers - fresh water boils at 100C at sea level; if salt, etc. is added or if the pot is at a different altitude, the temperature will be different]. Facts don’t care how many people believe or even know about them. They exist.

    Truth, on the other hand, does involve a context and belief. What was considered true by Columbus in 1492 is a lot different from what is considered true today; what was considered true in 1493 by the Lucayan inhabitants of Guanahaní [San Salvador Island], was totally different even from what was considered true by Columbus’ patrons [ref: Doctrine of Discovery]. Different times, different cultures come up with different ways to explain the world around them and they are all considered truths, at least for a time. That is why we have so darned many wars and so much hatred — we all consider the truths we believe in to be the only ones that can exist. We forget the parable of the blind men and the elephant.

  5. 3 days ago on Non Sequitur

    I can’t think of anyone who takes a position they think is wrong, unless it is for the sake of debate or contrariness. Just like people who start wars think they are right or have the right to do so. Even scientists, who see “theory” as an entirely different animal than discussed here, test theories strenuously and continuously to ensure they are based in fact, realizing that as our knowledge based grows, new facts can come to light.

    What is extremely hard is to realize when one is actually wrong, why one is wrong, and acknowledge that fact. Admitting wrong is hard but it can also be complicated because many positions are not isolated: If a person realizes that his country is wrong in fighting a war, is it more wrong to fight in support of his country or more wrong to refuse?

  6. 4 days ago on Non Sequitur

    Bob Newhart was a gifted comedian who made an asset out of what many consider a disability — a stutter.

  7. 4 days ago on Non Sequitur

    Possibly not intentionally. But those who happen on your stone will stop and remember the feeling and thank you for the memory.

  8. 4 days ago on Non Sequitur

    According to the Daily Cartoonist, 17 July 2024, “GoComics will no longer offer commenting on political cartoons. Our goal is to foster an engaged, thoughtful community.” I wonder of they actually see the irony in this statement.

  9. 10 days ago on Matt Davies

    But you’d think the “golden rule” would be easy to understand and relevant throughout time: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    So simple, so universal [it isn’t just “Christian”].

  10. 10 days ago on Non Sequitur

    I use my debit card only to withdraw cash from my bank. I withdraw the same amount every time [$280], except when needing extra for niece-and-nephew presents]. I pay in cash for local small purchases [why give the CC company 20 cents for a latte?], movies, restaurants, etc. When I travel to other countries, I get their currency and use it for local purchases, keeping the money in their local economy.

    I used to write checks for groceries, but some of the stores quit accepting them. I still write checks for large local purchases [e.g., new refrigerator — why let the CC company have $60 instead of the local dealer?]. My cash withdrawal lasts around three months, ironically about the same amount of time between fill-ups for my hybrid.