Li'l Muerto Concept
April 9, 2007

So I posted Li'l Muerto a while back ... I'm working up a cartoon concept around him.

I get a comment in my email over the weekend:

just surfing, but...THAT is the least origanal idea ever...there are so many"mini reaper"s it's not even funny
Posted by: duthie at April 8, 2007 01:11 PM

Well, see, here's the deal. Ain't no idea that's the "least original." And certainly it's impossible to tell from one character sketch if the cartoon concept is an original one or not. In fact, I've purposely left the bulk of the concept off of the blog until I have it more fully developed.

What is more interesting to me is why people have the need to offer an opinion without any constructive criticism. I don't mind someone telling me the coloured versions just don't seem to pop off the screen. I would understand if someone would say they didn't like the way the hood covered the head.

But why simply tear an idea down just for the sake of tearing it down? Are people really so thoughtless?

And I don't mean thoughtless about someone's feelings ... but that they just announce an opinion and not think about why they have that opinion?

This set of questions actually is far less about the Li'l Muerto concept ... I'm rather confident that the whole of the idea is just fine ... but about the general thoughtlessness that so many people proudly display at the drop of a hat ... or a pencil ... or whatever. What is it which causes so many people to not just proclaim their own opinion but then act like anyone who disagrees is stupid or simply wrong?

At Mary Lee's funeral this weekend ... one thing that really stuck with me was when our minister said that Mary Lee always taught her kids "there are two sides to every story" and for every time they came home and complained about something at school and how mean their teacher was ... or every time they talked about a friend who did them wrong ... Mary Lee asked them to look at the other person's story.

Why don't more of us learn that?

Because ultimately that's what political correctness was actually about ... thinking before speaking. It was never about the exact word you picked ... but about the effort to see the other side of the story. To see the other person and their culture ... their world.

Posted by Red Monkey at April 9, 2007 5:56 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

jodi said:

Bravo!
Said much more eloquently than the flames I woulda lit under them!

April 9, 2007 7:33 PM

Thought provoking as usual. And how about the concept if you have nothing nice to say, simply say nothing?

April 9, 2007 10:58 PM

 

Tisha said:

open mouth insert foot!

there are so many ways to get our point across without hurting someone's feelings and honestly I am so politically incorrect but value others work and contribution!

April 12, 2007 10:14 AM
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