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-

When others borrow on your reputation you’ll seldom see a positive return.

-K-

Authors on Borrowing

Six Bits of Wisdom to Borrow

  • “Neither a borrower nor lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend.” -William Shakespeare-
  • “The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.” -Charles Lamb-
  • “Acquaintance (n). A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.” -Ambrose Bierce-
“Library with Flag”
  • “To forget, or pretend to do so, to return a borrowed article, is the meanest sort of petty theft.” -Samuel Johnson-
  • “Borrow trouble for yourself, if that is your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbours.” -Rudyard Kipling-
  • “Sure, I have friends, plenty of friends, and they’ll all come around wantin’ to borrow money. I’ve always been generous with my friends and family, with money, but selfish with the important stuff like love.” -Richard Pryor-

-K-

Some Thoughts on Borrowing

and What We Pay Back

What do we borrow? Money will come to mind for most of us. If we haven’t borrowed money directly we’ve borrowed it in the form of car notes, mortgages, student loans, and other various lines of credit. But we borrow so much more throughout our lives than just money. We borrow time, favors, circumstances, and so many other things both tangible and intangible. We’re a society of borrowers, but what do we pay back?

“Sign Repair”

We pay interest on the money we borrow but what about the intangibles? What do we pay back on borrowed time or a friend’s good name? We’ve all borrowed. What do pay for that privilege?

-K-

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