Dude in Distress Strip 88

8th Oct 2018, 7:01 AM in First Date
Dude in Distress Strip 88
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EssayBee 8th Oct 2018, 7:01 AM
Here's strip 88 of Dude in Distress, and Femme Fantastic explains a bit about her attraction to Earth (aside from the food, which she discussed a bit earlier).


Black Rose 8th Oct 2018, 7:21 AM
Anything else about Earth that appeals to FF???
O8h7w 8th Oct 2018, 9:24 AM
How sweet :)

I do wonder why other societies failed to do the same. Were the people not different enough, or were their differences for some reason - what reasons? - suppressed?
O8h7w 8th Oct 2018, 9:29 AM
Reading the comic again, it may not be about all people acting as one but rather about people being to some extent open to change their minds. But I do think that is tightly coupled to cultural and individual diversity. If people are different, minds will have to change in order to get any sustained cooperation.
EssayBee 8th Oct 2018, 1:24 PM
I suspect there is a bit more to Femme's attraction to Earth than she lays out here. Some of it may be assumed from Femme's conversation earlier (see Strip 80: http://dudeindistress.thecomicseries.com/comics/103/). Perhaps--aside from the temperament of its inhabitants--Earth is at a phase of social development where Femme feels like she can do the most good. At its core, I think what she says here about the need to earn her worth by actions she chooses is true.
...(RockB) 9th Oct 2018, 6:58 PM
I wondered the same. My first though was that judging someone by their past and not wanting or being able to change one's opinion would be a sign of a rather static society or individuals who change very little over time and thus develop slowly. Hm.

But then again... her own actions, as told by her, show that she developed quickly or at least was able to make her own decisions... which seemed to be not far out within her own society (I hope I didn't misunderstand that) - so, that's something the Con'qorians have to some extend, too. Maybe she had a bit of bad luck with her travels?

About Earth's social development... I wish she was here! Sometimes I get my hopes up that, like, there are Doctors Without Borders and some others, also the internet helped a huge amount with understanding each other, but then there come guys like Trump... I mean we'd really have use for someone like her (or Superman), especially as a role model.
EssayBee 9th Oct 2018, 8:35 PM
The internet certainly has proven to be a double-edged sword--especially the way social media has served to create massive echo chambers instead of any sort of ideological cross-pollination (or understanding).

About superheroes . . . One of my favorite superhero moments is at the end of--I think--the first story arc in Grant Morrison's run of JLA back in the 90s. Flash is asking whether superheroes actually do any good or make humanity complacent. And, if so, what is the point of superheroes? Superman's answer is perfect: "To catch them if they fall."
CabbitCommando 14th Oct 2018, 5:57 PM
While I don't care for the direction that Didio & Bendis havr been taking Superman & the DC comics right now, there was a line in a comic several issues back that I liked. Someone said something to the effect that it must be hard for Superman to hear all the cries for help & only being able to help a few of them. Superman replied or thought to himself that what gives him hope & faith in people is hearing all the people willing to help those he can't reach. THAT is the Heroic Aspirational Superman I remember & love.
...(RockB) 18th Oct 2018, 7:53 PM
I vaguely remember something, I think it was engraved on a golden plate or such: (I read it in German, this is a translation to the best of my knowledge:) "Be helpful and good. Then every one of you is a superman - Superman (Clark Kent)"

That is what impressed me the most, I think: The most powerful being on earth, well capable to devastate earth in seconds, restricts himself to never kill.