836: Sickness

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| number    = 836
 
| number    = 836
| date      = December 20,2010
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| date      = December 20, 2010
 
| title    = Sickness
 
| title    = Sickness
 
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==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
(The three panels are arranged diagonally, upper left to bottom right.)<br/>
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:(The three panels are arranged diagonally, upper left to bottom right.)
[Two people are walking past a tree.  One has a hat.]<br/>
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:[Two people are walking past a tree.  One has a hat.]
Hat person: So, has this sickness opened you up to looking for answers beyond science?<br/>
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:Hat person: So, has this sickness opened you up to looking for answers beyond science?
Person: ... no, not really.
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:Cueball: ... no, not really.
 
   
 
   
[The person turns to face the one with the hat.]<br/>
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:[Cueball turns to face the one with the hat.]
Person: We've groped for comfort before the slings and arrows of fortune for millenia, and I begrudge nobody their sources of solace.<br/>
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:Cueball: We've groped for comfort before the slings and arrows of fortune for millenia, and I begrudge nobody their sources of solace.
Person: But Science provides  
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:Cueball: But Science provides ''tools''.
''tools''
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:Cueball: $100 billion a year in scientific studies and medical R&D has bought us some pretty damn powerful slings and arrows of our own.
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:Cueball: This world is amazing, and I'm going to live to experience more of it thanks to people who refused to gracefully accept the ineffability of reality.
Person: $100 billion a year in scientific studies and medical R&D has bought us some pretty damn powerful slings and arrows of our own.<br/>
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:Cueball: I find my courage where I can, but I take my weapons from science.
Person: This world is amazing, and I'm going to live to experience more of it thanks to people who refused to gracefully accept the ineffability of reality.<br/>
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Person: I find my courage where I can, but I take my weapons from science.<br/>
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Person: Because they
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''work''
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, bitches.
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:Cueball: Because they ''work'', bitches.
  
 
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{{comic discussion}}  

Revision as of 23:28, 13 December 2012

Sickness
At least, with p<0.05 confidence.
Title text: At least, with p<0.05 confidence.

Explanation

Do not begrudge your fellow human being, regardless of where they find comfort.

Also, any sentence is instantly funny if, at the end of it, you address your audience as "bitches".

Transcript

(The three panels are arranged diagonally, upper left to bottom right.)
[Two people are walking past a tree. One has a hat.]
Hat person: So, has this sickness opened you up to looking for answers beyond science?
Cueball: ... no, not really.
[Cueball turns to face the one with the hat.]
Cueball: We've groped for comfort before the slings and arrows of fortune for millenia, and I begrudge nobody their sources of solace.
Cueball: But Science provides tools.
Cueball: $100 billion a year in scientific studies and medical R&D has bought us some pretty damn powerful slings and arrows of our own.
Cueball: This world is amazing, and I'm going to live to experience more of it thanks to people who refused to gracefully accept the ineffability of reality.
Cueball: I find my courage where I can, but I take my weapons from science.
Cueball: Because they work, bitches.
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Discussion

Someone evidently didn't understand Hamlet too well. In "To be or not to be" he's contemplating suicide. "Take arms against..." means 'kill yourself so you won't have to put up with life's crappy bits. I would rewrite the Hamlet reference myself, but I'm too lazy. Could someone with a good understanding of the play do it? Please?173.245.48.85 01:42, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Agreed. Change made. Orazor (talk) 08:03, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
"Take arms against a sea of troubles..." does not mean to commit suicide. It means to fight against the struggle referred to the in the previous line "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune". The contemplation of suicide is expressed in the phrase "When he himself might his quietus make / With a bare bodkin" when one could end one's life with a dagger. 141.101.70.151 08:35, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, "to take arms against a sea of troubles" in this context does in fact does mean to commit suicide. The struggle refered to in the previous line is whether to put up with the unbearable situation he (Hamlet) has been placed in, or, in the next line(s), to exit the situation via suicide. Elsewise, why would he suddenly transition from "overcoming obstacles" to considering death? Doesn't make sense. For your reference, check out http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/hamlet-to-be-or-not-to-be/.Orazor (talk) 10:53, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
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