449: Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart
'I'm nothing without you' is a fucked-up sentiment.
Title text: 'I'm nothing without you' is a fucked-up sentiment.


Megan and Cueball are about to break up, Megan is trying to explain things but Cueball is constantly saying "I love you", asserting that the fact that he loves her should be enough to keep her from breaking up with him. But while loving the other person is a necessary condition for sustainability, it is not a sufficient reason all on its own.

And the title text relates that the mindset of someone believing that they are nothing without their partner—in other words, defining their identity in terms of the other person—is a dangerous and unhealthy sentiment. A person should have enough self-identity and sense of self-worth to know that they have value even outside the context of a relationship.

The title of the comic, "Things Fall Apart" could be a reference to the poem The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats, which contains the line "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold", implying that things between Megan and Cueball are falling apart, and the fact that Cueball is still in love with Megan (arguably, the "center" of the relationship) isn't enough to sustain them.


Megan: I wonder about us.
Cueball: I love you.
Megan: We don't have fun together.
Cueball: I love you.
Megan: It's like we're clinging to the "relationship" framework like it's all we got.
Cueball: I love you.
Megan: Who are you trying to reassur—
Cueball: I love you I love you I love you I love you

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Aaaand this is up, This is one of my favorite comics of xkcd. StuckInReality (talk) 07:30, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Please start only pages with a proper explanation.--Dgbrt (talk) 14:43, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
I do understand, Sir. StuckInReality (talk) 00:25, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

I think that there is a bit of "the Cueball doth protest too much" in here. He's fighting Megan's explanations without giving his own. -- Theo (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

The explaination of the title text seems off. It reads more like the author saying that an obsessive mindset (going so far as to think that you are nothing without the other person) is "fucked up" in the sense of dangerous or undesirable, implying that people shouldn't measure self worth by a relationship to another. In fact, I'm gonna change the comment.Pennpenn (talk) 01:51, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

The title text could be a continuation of the Kübler-Ross model for grief. The constant repeating of Cueball that he loves Megan would be the denial phase, while the transition to heavy cursing in the title text could be a sign of moving on to anger. Donny2112 (talk) 06:04, 30 June 2016 (UTC)