1146: Honest

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I didn't understand what you meant. I still don't. But I'll figure it out soon!
Title text: I didn't understand what you meant. I still don't. But I'll figure it out soon!

[edit] Explanation

The phrase "let's be honest here-" is often used to soften a statement that might otherwise seem crass. Before Cueball can finish his sentence, he is interrupted by his friend, who takes the opportunity to honestly state his deepest feelings.

It is possible that Cueball's friend's last response, "Sorry," (which is on response to Cueball saying, "Too honest. Scale it back.") is insincere as a way of scaling his honesty back by not being honest in his next statement.

The human condition is essentially terrifying. Try to keep up appearances.

The title text could be a reference to Angst, a word used in English to describe an intense feeling of panic — but the friend of Cueball proposes to work on a better understanding on his own fears.

[edit] Transcript

Cueball: I mean, let's be honest here-
Friend: Ok.
Friend: I don't understand why anything happens and I'm confused and scared and trying really hard all the time.
Cueball: ...Too honest.
Cueball: Scale it back.
Friend: Sorry.

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Ya can't explain this one! 11:06, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

No, other work is getting in the way. Someone else'll do it. Davidy22[talk] 11:15, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
The honesty of this comic makes it pretty self-explanatory. I like it. 12:21, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

That 1-line explanation by anon is brilliant.

Most people, despite looking generally competent, are just barely making it through the day.

Let's be honest, how can one tell which character is Cueball? Personally, I think this character is far too generic to bother anyways. 20:28, 12 December 2012 (UTC) madd

Cueball is the first "Cueball" to speak in a comic, everyone else is called something else.Pennpenn (talk) 03:30, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

can't be reference to #overlyhonestmethods since comic came out a month before.

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