0068 - Why do we have to go to school? - 2019.01.21



Of course, the real answer is that, without a physical school, this comic would be still be Lee in their purple apartment, interacting with digital thoughtbubbles, and that's kinda visually boring. Also, keeping Lee in their comfort zone away from other people is a much less interesting story.

That's the thing about stories - Bilbo may have had every reason to stay in Bag End, and may have frequently regretted and lamented his decision to go adventuring, but without conflict and adversity and change, The Hobbit isn't worth reading. I suppose the real challenge for me, as an authour, is showing a character who is so comfortable that being asked to audit a single college course for free constitutes a perilous hardship.

But, of course, everything is relative. The goldfish always grows to fit the size of its tank. We, as human beings, are built to be dissatisfied. The decreasing returns of pleasure and comfort are meant to drive us forward.

Sometimes we just need a wizard or a sex droid to give us a little push, that's all.


0068 - 2167/07/06/11:37 - Street
Zoa: Seriously, though, you are going to see Caleb tomorrow, and you are going to have to deal with them.
LC: I'm not going to have to deal with them. You are.
Zoa: I can run interference, Lee, but I can only do so much. I certainly can't keep them out of physical proximity to you.
LC: I don't want to think about that right now.
Zoa: That's fair, but you are going to have to think about it at some point before our next class.
LC: I really don't see why we can't just do all these classes online. It's twenty-one sixty-seven, damn it, the Internet's been around for centuries!
Zoa: I guess the theory is that you learn more when you're in a room dedicated to learning? Or that you remember things better when a human is speaking directly to you? I honestly don't know what the rationale is. Quite frankly, I think it might just be an old tradition at this point. People like the idea of a physical school.
LC: It's archaic. Barbaric. Backwards. I've said it before, I'll say it again: I was born in the wrong era.
Zoa: Is there any particular era you would prefer to have been born in?
LC: I dunno. Just start fastforwarding until Rosenthal is a hole in the ground and everyone gets a house for free, I'll tell you when to stop.