I don’t care


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This time every week I browse through thirty years of cartoons to find a few that apply to whatever story my mind is putting together. This week, quite by accident, I stumbled upon a common theme that is repeated year after year.

I draw a lot of “I don’t care” cartoons.

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It isn’t that I don’t care; at least I don’t think so. Aren’t I just making fun of the foibles of military life and the apathy we have all seen in a few malcontents? Doesn’t every command have at least one person who takes the slacker way out?

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But maybe it is me. Maybe there is a hidden part of my subconscious that wants me to avoid all work, to let other people do my job. Maybe that part is trying to get out.

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Maybe all those years in uniform changed me into a selfish and detached sloth who couldn’t care less about those poor souls in my charge. Did that happen?

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This is an almost impossible question to answer so I won’t even try. What I DO know, though, is that a very dear friend of mine once told me something that I think really applies to this situation. To the question of whether I draw those kind of cartoons because I am mocking others, or because I am creating a self-parody, I say I don’t know.

And I don’t care.


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