Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Paradox of Humanity

I've just finished Anders Loves Maria. A "short" 200+ pages web comic that had recently concluded. It is a bitter-sweet romantic story about Anders and Maria and their moments dealing with their past and immediate future. I highly recommend it though it must be warned that the theme is definitely for mature readers.

One of the biggest criticism and also the biggest praise for this comic is the Swedish setting of the story and the characters. Because it is so adamantly Swedish, one can really feel the reality of story and in many ways, that is how a heart-felt story should be. It stays true to the culture and norms that is most certainly foreign to others who are unfamiliar. This unfortunately is also why there are some who hates it for its differing morality and worldview.

This is where I have come to grapple with this paradox in humanity where we are all so different and yet so much the same. When we look at the decisions and thought processes of others, we would come to the conclusion that we will never know what they are thinking. How can they believe such things? Or to behave in such and such a manner? Yet, we all feel pain. We feel lost. We feel happiness. We are so human and yet so alien.

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