Have you ever heard the song, “What’s Up” by 4 Non-Blondes? In it they ask a very straight forward question…What’s going on with the world?
Bombs, wars, explosions, guns, distrust, hate, anger, violence, and so much more. Makes you wonder if the world finally gone to shit? Is it so bad that people would rather turn a blind eye then help their follow human?
Probably not but I fear we are getting pretty close. Just look at the U.S.A. election a few months back. Rioting, fires, vandalism, and fighting made as many headlines as the candidates.
A better place
Over at my other site www.joelascott.com, I discuss making the world a better place. To do that starts with making yourself a better person. Doing that requires time, patience, and an understanding of what exactly you want. It’s not easy but it is worth every moment. I live and breath the things that I teach and am all too happy to pass the message along to anyone that wants to hear it.
The problem I notice is that as I try to make the world a better place, my efforts are constantly being one-upped by everything else. At times this becomes a little overwhelming. That’s where comics have helped. They allow me to step away from everything around me so that I may regroup and continue on.
I can’t begin to count how many “unboxing” or origin videos I have watched over the years. Comics are an outlet for the world and many of you take advantage of it. Sadly, some of you don’t. I’m not saying that they will work this way for you but I’d be willing to bet they might.
If you have ever picked one up, you know that there is nowhere else on the planet that will allow you to live vicariously through the eyes of another person. The best part is that usually, these are just any eyes. These are people often bestowed with abilities or have been put in extraordinary circumstances that likely wouldn’t happen in the “real” world. And that is what makes them so intriguing.
I readily admit that I live a pretty normal life. In it, I have a house, three dogs, a wife, and an amazing baby boy. I buy my groceries at the store, shop for stuff online, and get around in a Honda. Comics are an outlet from all of this.
On occasion, I wonder what it would be like to be Superman (although my son already thinks I am) , The Flash, or even Marko from Saga. Every time that I begin to wonder, I pick up a book and immerse myself in that world. In that moment…no…in that instant, I no longer have to wonder. It is all there vibrantly laid out for me. In that instant, I forget about all the hate, violence, and anger of the world because…well…I can.
A word of warning
Before you go out and buy one or your next, remember this. They only provide an outlet if you allow them to. Look past whether or not the story is believable. Look past the characters involved and whether or not they have special powers or abilities. Allow your mind to drift, wander, and explore them for what they are. Entertainment at its purest. Allow them to do what they are meant to do, take you into a world that you didn’t know existed. Do it, and you will be ready to face the “real” world again.