Gravity and Politics

or Borrowing Some Life Advice from the Tick

Politics is a lot like gravity. They both have a weight that may not be noticeable most of time but can be damn near unbearable some of the time. You can ignore both but you do so at your own peril. You may have an understanding of how both work but don’t really understand why they work, they just are. You may be thinking this is an interesting but what kind of advice can be taken from this comparison. The advice I have is borrowed from the creation of Ben Edlund.

“The Tick”

These three points comparing gravity to politics got me thinking about a line from the Tick, one of the great underrated comic book heroes of the 80s. The nigh-invulnerable hero said, “Gravity is a harsh mistress.” If you know the Tick you have an idea of what kind of situation lead to this statement (if you don’t know who the Tick is it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you left now and checked him out). I don’t think the Tick would mind if I substituted politics for gravity. Politics, like gravity, can be quite harsh and knowing this is good advice. I think the Tick would also add, “Spoon!”

-K-

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