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[[Cueball]] feels bad because he's sick,
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[[Cueball]] feels bad because he's sick, and his friend tells him to think positively because that will make him feel better. After thinking a bit Cueball notices that, following that reasoning, if he feels bad it is his fault for being so pessimistic. That makes him feel even worse as now he's not only sick, but also feels guilty of his own sickness.
and his friend tells him to think positively
 
because that will make him feel better.
 
After thinking a bit Cueball notices that, following that reasoning,
 
if he feels bad it is his fault for being so pessimistic.
 
That makes him feel even worse as now he's not only sick,
 
but also feels guilty of his own sickness.
 
  
In the fourth panel, he throws away all the previous reasoning
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In the fourth panel, he throws away all the previous reasoning and decides his mood is not the problem: the problem is that he's sick. Also, he decides that whatever he feels now he'll finally get better because he's treating his disease.
and decides his mood is not the problem: the problem is that he's sick.
 
Also, he decides that whatever he feels now he'll finally get better
 
because he's treating his disease.
 
  
In the last panel
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In the last panel Cueball notices his last comment was actually optimistic, so that makes him feel better. At this point, it should be expected that Cueball's friend would say "see? looking at things in an optimistic way actually helps". However, he puts optimism as something bad by using the phrase "you suck at pessimism". Cueball then tries to be optimistic at his "sucking" by thinking he'll "be better at pessimism tomorrow". Of course, being good at pessimism is something he should avoid, as it was his very problem in the first panels.
Cueball notices his last comment was actually optimistic,
 
so that makes him feel better.
 
At this point, it should be expected that Cueball's friend
 
would say "see? looking at things in an optimistic way
 
actually helps".
 
However, he puts optimism as something bad by using
 
the phrase "you suck at pessimism".
 
Cueball then tries to be optimistic at his "sucking"
 
by thinking he'll "be better at pessimism tomorrow".
 
Of course, being good at pessimism is something
 
he should avoid, as it was his very problem in the first panels.
 
  
The title text takes a serious turn, and acts as an advice for
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The title text takes a serious turn, and acts as an advice for people feeling bad for being sick. The point is that sickness makes one feel bad enough by itself without having to feel guilty for feeling bad when one's sick.
people feeling bad for being sick.
 
The point is that sickness makes one feel bad enough by itself
 
without having to feel guilty for feeling bad when one's sick.
 
  
 
In the transcript, "IV" refers to {{w|Intravenous therapy}}.
 
In the transcript, "IV" refers to {{w|Intravenous therapy}}.
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:Cueball: I'm sick and I'm scared.
 
:Cueball: I'm sick and I'm scared.
 
:Friend: Well, remember - having a good attitude is the most important thing. Think positively and you'll get better.
 
:Friend: Well, remember - having a good attitude is the most important thing. Think positively and you'll get better.
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:[Darkness surrounds Cueball on the bed. The friend is off-screen.]
 
:[Darkness surrounds Cueball on the bed. The friend is off-screen.]
 
:Cueball: So if I'm sad or afraid or feel like crap sometimes, then...
 
:Cueball: So if I'm sad or afraid or feel like crap sometimes, then...
 
:Friend: ...then if you don't recover, it will be ''your fault.''
 
:Friend: ...then if you don't recover, it will be ''your fault.''
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:[Cueball clutches his hands to his face and leans back.]
 
:[Cueball clutches his hands to his face and leans back.]
 
:Cueball: Well that makes me feel even worse.
 
:Cueball: Well that makes me feel even worse.
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:Friend: Stop it!
 
:Friend: Stop it!
 
:Cueball: Argh!
 
:Cueball: Argh!
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:[Close up on Cueball, holding up his hand, pointing to himself.]
 
:[Close up on Cueball, holding up his hand, pointing to himself.]
:Cueball: Okay, you know what? Screw this. My attitude isn't my problem. -- My ''disease'' is my problem, and I'm treating it. -- I'm going to be glum and depressed and pessimistic some days, and I'm going to '''''get better anyway.'''''
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:Cueball: Okay, you know what? Screw this. My attitude isn't my problem. - My ''disease'' is my problem, and I'm treating it. - I'm going to be glum and depressed and pessimistic some days, and I'm going to '''''get better anyway.'''''
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:[Cueball sits on the edge of the bed, his friend still standing in front of him.]
 
:[Cueball sits on the edge of the bed, his friend still standing in front of him.]
 
:Cueball: Wait, that ended up sounding optimistic.
 
:Cueball: Wait, that ended up sounding optimistic.

Revision as of 02:16, 20 December 2013

Positive Attitude
Having a positive attitude is almost tautologically good for your mental health, and extreme stress can hurt your immune system, but that doesn't mean you should feel like shit for feeling like shit.
Title text: Having a positive attitude is almost tautologically good for your mental health, and extreme stress can hurt your immune system, but that doesn't mean you should feel like shit for feeling like shit.

Explanation

Cueball feels bad because he's sick, and his friend tells him to think positively because that will make him feel better. After thinking a bit Cueball notices that, following that reasoning, if he feels bad it is his fault for being so pessimistic. That makes him feel even worse as now he's not only sick, but also feels guilty of his own sickness.

In the fourth panel, he throws away all the previous reasoning and decides his mood is not the problem: the problem is that he's sick. Also, he decides that whatever he feels now he'll finally get better because he's treating his disease.

In the last panel Cueball notices his last comment was actually optimistic, so that makes him feel better. At this point, it should be expected that Cueball's friend would say "see? looking at things in an optimistic way actually helps". However, he puts optimism as something bad by using the phrase "you suck at pessimism". Cueball then tries to be optimistic at his "sucking" by thinking he'll "be better at pessimism tomorrow". Of course, being good at pessimism is something he should avoid, as it was his very problem in the first panels.

The title text takes a serious turn, and acts as an advice for people feeling bad for being sick. The point is that sickness makes one feel bad enough by itself without having to feel guilty for feeling bad when one's sick.

In the transcript, "IV" refers to Intravenous therapy.

Transcript

[Cueball sits hunched with his knees drawn up to him on a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV. A friend stands by.]
Cueball: I'm sick and I'm scared.
Friend: Well, remember - having a good attitude is the most important thing. Think positively and you'll get better.
[Darkness surrounds Cueball on the bed. The friend is off-screen.]
Cueball: So if I'm sad or afraid or feel like crap sometimes, then...
Friend: ...then if you don't recover, it will be your fault.
[Cueball clutches his hands to his face and leans back.]
Cueball: Well that makes me feel even worse.
Friend: See? You're doing this to yourself.
Cueball: No!
Friend: Stop it!
Cueball: Argh!
[Close up on Cueball, holding up his hand, pointing to himself.]
Cueball: Okay, you know what? Screw this. My attitude isn't my problem. - My disease is my problem, and I'm treating it. - I'm going to be glum and depressed and pessimistic some days, and I'm going to get better anyway.
[Cueball sits on the edge of the bed, his friend still standing in front of him.]
Cueball: Wait, that ended up sounding optimistic.
Friend: I guess you suck at pessimism.
Cueball: Maybe I'll be better at it tomorrow.


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Discussion

What is an IV instrument? It has to be explained. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:58, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

I've rewritten all the explanation, expanding it a bit, adding the title text part and the IV explanation. So I've also removed the incomplete tag. Hope it can be now considered "complete". 173.245.53.117 02:49, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

I can't believe no one has mentioned the INT, CON and CHR stats on the monitor -- CardaStcol (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Maybe the Cueball on the bed is Megan after chemo (and associated hair loss )?

In related comics there is usually a Megan and Cueball character. Some whould say the personality is a little off to be Megan and fits Cueball better. 162.158.255.117 18:16, 4 March 2016 (UTC)