The Moon's Filthy Lesson Pg. 18
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chris-tar on 10th Jan 2015, 5:49 AM

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As a person who went through an acne stage in high school, I can say from experience that it can be a very brutal time in terms of the heckling you received from your peers. It took me many years to rebuild my self confidence after my face finally cleared up.

aelur on 11th Jan 2015, 8:04 PM

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I never had acne but I do have a bit of an anxiety problem which has me scratching my face every time I see even the smallest zit, so my face tends to have at least one or two injuries at all times. It's gotten better with time, but at my worst I'd get extremely self conscious about it, and that's why I wanted to have a protagonist that didn't have clear skin.

chris-tar on 11th Jan 2015, 8:11 PM

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It takes guts to admit a problem like that in an open forum, I respect that.
I believe anxiety is a normal and natural condition that is in response to the ridiculously brutal and unforgiving society we live in. I sometimes wonder if people are not demon possessed sometimes because they can be so hellishly shallow and cruel. What ever happened to love they fellow man? I guess you are a pussy if you think like that now a days. Sigh. Our race is doomed.

aelur on 11th Jan 2015, 8:19 PM

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I think the problem is a bit deeper; it's not that people are inherently cruel, but rather that they're like everybody else, exposed to their own demons and problems. They're filled with insecurities, and because of all the negativity they have they tend to project it - a kind of "if I have this problem, everybody else has to deal with it as well" mentality.

chris-tar on 11th Jan 2015, 8:34 PM

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Everyone who has ever been cruel to me always said that I basically deserved it because of "how I/you felt about myself/yourself". So, if you/me have low self esteem then I guess that gives the world license to abuse you/me?
However, if your theory is correct, then I have also never met anyone (an abusive person) who has ever admitted that they have (insecurities/problems), instead they always project a sense of perfection/superiority while simultaneously condemning me for the insecurities and problems that I have. At least that is how I perceive things.
I have always considered this behavior to be "social Darwinism".

aelur on 11th Jan 2015, 10:11 PM

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They said that because it's a common abusive tactic to deflect guilt on the victim - basically it's the abuser trying to convince himself that he's not really abusing you.
I think you misread me - I was simply pointing out why people do what they do, that doesn't mean that they have the right to do it, you know? And as for them admitting it, if it was that easy, if they were conscious of it, then they would have a harder time trying to perpetrate that behaviour.

chris-tar on 11th Jan 2015, 11:24 PM

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I apologize for my rant, but your comic touches upon subjects that have bothered me my entire life. Deciphering human behavior is a life long struggle for me. I promise not to do it anymore and just appreciate your work.

aelur on 12th Jan 2015, 12:07 AM

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Oh, not at all. I don't mind the discussion. I simply was saying that maybe you had misunderstood me. I wasn't trying to shut you down.
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