For the people mystified about why everyone’s up in arms about the original comic:
Nnobody working a terrible job just to survive in an economy with job loss more dire than that of the Great Depression wants to be told, by anyone, that they could just open a knitting store.
Nobody who has struggled, and bled, and suffered, and failed, at doing what they “love to do”, because this economy is hostile even to engineers with Masters degrees, wants to be told to open a knitting store.
Nobody likes to be victim-blamed or told that the way out of economic despair that is nationwide is somehow so simple that you just didn’t think about “doing what you love” and decided completely voluntarily to work part time, close to 39 hours, at a shitty restaurant and be made to feel grateful for that, rather than just opening a knitting store.
With student debt on the rise, and out-of-control, corrupt health insurance system threatening to collapse our economy further while 40,000 people a year die as a direct result of being uninsured, nobody, nobody, NOBODY, wants to be told, TO OPEN A FUCKING KNITTING STORE.
And if you’re so sheltered, so classist, so ignorant, so full of yourself, so arrogant as to think you know better than this country’s top economists who are predicting a fucking dire collapse from a multitude of reasons including mass outsourcing of jobs, health insurance, the housing bubble bursting, student debt, massive fraud and waste over military contracting incl. oh I don’t know TWO FUCKING WARS in the last decade, trillions of dollars of national debt, and American government imperialism threatening more?
Don’t tell people to open a fucking knitting store. Why don’t you open a fucking newspaper?
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? She wasn’t being arrogant you piece of shit. She was trying to tell people to do what they love and try. She wasn’t doing anything bad, she was just trying to tell people to think positive. And if you are that much of an asshole to give some one shit just when they were trying to help and inspire people then you are the one that’s wrong.
Some people in this web site are just so full of shit.
I think if my best friend died and some asshole told me I could get a new best friend while I was crying over the grave, her good intentions for me wouldn’t mean jack diddly. Some shit is just toxic to say to people who are struggling regardless o f why you say it. Absolutely fucking toxic. “Cheer up” to a depressed person. “Just keep fighting” to someone with cancer.
What the fuck is wrong with me, namely, is that I actually understand that if you fail in today’s economy it’s not because you didn’t love your hobbies enough.
So fuck that victim blaming bullshit and fuck everyone who mindlessly, uncritically supports it.
Here’s a thing about me: Right now, in my mid-30s, with several college degrees, I’m pretty much doing what I love. But I’m doing it in addition to my regular job, which is neither prestigious nor my passion, hell, not even sort of related to what I went to school for, but it pays the goddamn bills. Like, I work a 10-hour day at the soul-sucking factory for a reasonable paycheck, and then I come home and do something I actually derive personal fulfillment from.
So, yeah, you sometimes can do what you love, a long time after you’ve already been working at something that’s not what you love, but it’s fucking insulting and naive to say that you should be able to follow your passion and still make enough money to live on because very very few people live in that world.