120. TERENCE McKENNA: Nature loves courage

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  1. Victor

    Love it! Made me feel better about my future.

    • Nguy?n Hoàng Huy

      Terence McKenna was one of the greatest among all thinkers in our known history of mankind.

      • Ryan Ora
        Ryan Ora

        Seconded. Look him up, folks

  2. Wes

    Working to make this happen right now! The leap is scary, but if you never jump you’ll never know how far down the rabbit hole you can actually go!

  3. Elwyne

    It’s not the dreaming that has it all work out – it’s the action. Get moving, don’t let yourself be stopped: that is how you succeed. (Or fail forward.) Positive energy is essential, but insufficient on its own.

  4. Ayesha Tariq

    Hey, I loved this! I have had both experiences! Where you take a leap of faith and it ends badly and when you do and everybody really doubts you and it all works out. I left my full time job and now freelance, and work on the things i want to work on and learn what I feel like learning, I’m not as financially stable as I used to be, but I am much more content.
    When you leap with faith, win or lose, you never regret. Ever.
    I love your work Gavin!

    • Zen Pencils

      Good to know Ayesha!

      • David

        Thanks for what you wrote after the comic, Gavin – it isn’t just a fairy story, sometimes it can be really tough, but it is also completely rewarding.

    • Shaghayegh

      I Admire Your Courage.I Want to Quit Collage and Carry on My Dream but I’m so Scared

  5. Corey

    I do admire what you did, and I really love your work. But I do think sometimes that we only really hear the inspiring stories of the people who took the risk and succeeded. It’s like the lottery. No one writes newspaper articles about the couple that spent their last $10 on tickets instead of food and… lost again.

    Cal Newport at Study Hacks (http://calnewport.com/blog/) argues pretty convincingly that the exact opposite of this idea of “follow your passion” is best.

    I would be curious to know how you would rate how large your “hard focus” investment already was before you decided to take the plunge. Do you feel that you had a pretty good idea that you were getting good as an artist already? Because not everyone that risks everything has really put in the work yet.

    Interesting conversation, though.

    • Zen Pencils

      Exactly Corey, I want to hear all sides of the ‘follow your passion’ argument. I know it can’t possibly work out for everyone, and I don’t want to be another one of those websites that just spew ‘do what you love’ blah blah blah.

      I want to know if it’s better to have tried and failed, then to never have tried at all …

      • Corey

        It does occur to me now, a day later, that in your illustration and the phrasing itself, the Impossible Dream-er has been striving for some time before hurling herself into the abyss.

        I guess in my mind’s eye I see too many people whose illustration would be 15 panels of them sitting on a couch watching TV and feeling sorry for themselves, watching “The Secret”, and then hurling themselves into whatever passion they just stumbled on. This can’t work.

        But if you’ve been running the marathon and overcoming obstacles for some time, getting stronger and more confident, then yeah, I’d have to agree. Take the jump.

        I did.

        • Ruth Cooke

          I think that’s it, Corey. The universe, or God in my world, or whatever power you do or don’t believe in, rewards action, in my experience. Action over time, often a very long period of time. A cartoonist, for example, may quit his job and sell his house and become an “overnight success,” but how long has he been drawing cartoons?

          As others have stated, preparation is key. But I’ve also seen folks who spend their whole lives preparing, but refuse to commit and make the jump because they’re too afraid. They have the passion, and they have the skill, but they’re too afraid, or too bound by what is right, to take the leap and win for themselves a truly fulfilling life.

          • David

            I think it’s the work you do when no-one is watching that makes you a success. The hours mastering your craft, developing the talents you can share with the world.

          • Rose

            Exactly! Dreams don’t come without hard work. Following your dreams doesn’t mean abandoning everything else you’re already doing. It means allowing that dream to incubate, working towards it bit by bit. It’s not meant to be and its not your true purpose if the dream can’t ultimately stand the test of time and continues to nag you in the back of your mind despite all circumstances. The jump comes once you’ve worked and worked and then finally have that feeling that you just might be ready and then you do it and you were! There can definitely be false jumps too—failures because your action was premature but that’s part of the journey!

    • Frederik Kerling

      Interesting point Corey. And silly as it may seem, I think you are right. But not for everyone, this quote is very right for everyone, but the thing is, people that jump the abyss and live, have already tried every possible way to safely climb down, or at least explored the sides. The thing is people that just jump, think that it is the jump that matters. But it isthe exploring beforehand that tells us, what patch of ground to aim for.

      Also don’t buy lottery tickets, statistically you’ll never gain from it.

      • Kay

        Statistically you have more chances to win in the lottery if you play than if you don’t play. :)

        • Frederik Kerling

          That is why I said ‘gain’ and not win. Why would I want to win, if I didn’t gain from it. We play to have gain.

  6. german

    As always such a wonderful comic

    • Anonymous

      Yeah most of the comic strips are really moving

  7. carlos ceballos
    carlos ceballos

    You move me, I can’t thank you enough for your work.
    I put you, and what you do right next to McKenna, and he’s shaped my life with the inspiration he has provided me.
    Thank you.

  8. Frederik Kerling

    What I love most about these comics, is when I work in the isolated tower of physics, or the isolated tower of politics (I know, sounds weird but trust me there).
    Your comics manage to uplift my spirits with a piece of wisdom, from someone I’ve neverheard about. And you make the contents of the words Matter, the name on the end is just for show.
    thank you

  9. Amanda

    Or as Goethe said:

    “Until one is committed
    There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back
    Always ineffectiveness.

    Concerning all acts of initiative (and Creation)
    There is one elementary truth
    The ignorance which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
    That the moment that one definitely commits ones self
    Then Providence moves too.

    All sorts of things occur to help one
    That would never otherwise have occurred.

    A whole stream of events issues from the decision
    Raising in one’s favor all manner
    Of unforeseen incidents and meetings
    And material substance
    Which no one could have dreamt
    Would have come your way.

    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

    • Anonymous

      Another inspiring quote! I just want to point out that it’s not Goethe, though—it’s usually attributed to Goethe, but it’s actually by William H. Murray. See here: http://german.about.com/library/blgermyth12.htm

  10. Robert Dagnall

    This reminds me of Newton’s First Law of Motion–a body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion, unless an outside force acts on it. The trick is to get moving! Maybe this is a spiritual law as well as a physical law.

    • Calibur

      Well, obviously if it were a spiritual law then all motivation to do something new, inspired would come from outside… but the point stands.

  11. Halex Pereira

    Once upon a time, I wanted to become a professional writer. Thing is, everything seemed to work against it, until one day I offered some help to a complete stranger on the web. In a few weeks, he asked me if I was up to write something. Then another. Then I spent three years “living the dream”, so to say, and it was FANTASTIC. Pressing needs pushed me away from that for now, but what matters most is that, happen what may, I crossed out this item from my bucket list: to write professionally.
    …and I would do it all over again. As a matter of fact, I probably will.
    Bed of feathers, indeed.

  12. Carolina

    “So I would say that hard work, planning, skill, commitment and grit make up 90% of the equation, but maybe that last 10% is just deciding to hurl yourself into the abyss.”

    Both parts of the equation are necessary, but I’d change the order. In the first place, you need to BELIEVE that you CAN hurl yourself to the abyss, and you need to DECIDE that you WILL hurl yourself to the abyss. If you don’t, you’ll just keep on doing the same old things and never start the actual steps to even reach the abyss.

    “I’m interested to hear what your experience is with this. Have you taken a risk and found that it paid off big time? Or have you taken a leap of faith only for it to end badly? Are you better off for trying, or did the experience just leave you bitter and angry?”

    I took a risk and it paid off big time. I make a living working from home, with interesting and challenging things, in my own terms. But most of all, taking the risk has given me courage to go after even bigger and better dreams. So, yeah, now I’m preparing to hurl myself from a deeper abyss. ;)

  13. Adrian N.

    My core belief in pictures and in words…Thank you so much for creating this.

    This print will be the next birthday present for myself ;)

  14. Jeremy

    I did this without fully realizing that I had done it. I took a class and picked that major…. I know I don’t know all the answers I just know I have to work hard with my new found major.

  15. Zhenay

    Thank you!!

  16. sam

    your work is always inspiring!
    i recently came to know about ‘The Secret’ in one of the behavioral training. I didn’t agree to them entirely. I don’t believe only thinking positive suffice! I don’t think any external force is ‘listening’ to your thoughts… but that said, if you ‘totally believe’ in what you are doing, it will transform yourself, it will change your attitude, your perspective and your actions… and that i think leads you forward!

  17. Steve

    This is inspiring work. I’m going to be taking a bit of a leap this year my self. Going to move 1400 km from my home in Vancouver Canada, to Calgary in the neighboring province. Will find a job and then try to spend all my free time making Flash games for Steam. Hopefully people will buy them.

  18. Abha Thakurdesai

    I do believe that when you truly want something with all your heart, the universe conspires to help you achieve it (provided you are willing to work very hard too). I loved the bit where the girl in shown taking the leap into the abyss. Good work !

  19. Little A.
    Little A.


    “the experience just leave you bitter and angry?”

  20. Shilpa

    I always wanted to make society a better place, add my Delta to it.
    But i found myself whining and cribbing about what is wrong all the time.
    Then Somebody Told me “Take responsibilty, Make a commmitment, then Nature is your Friend”.
    Right Now i’m experiencing The panel 7-13 Effects.
    Leaving my comfort zone was best thing i did. I feel much good about myself.

  21. sree lal

    Love it :)

  22. Tina

    If only I would have known what my dream was before it was too late to pursue it. Each choice in our lives affects what choices we can make later, for better or for worse.

  23. C. Bishop

    Love it. Every time I read a new one, it’s like watching an animated short. Excellent work. :)

    Took that plunge myself and never looked back. After too long working for abusive employers, my partner and I quit our jobs and went entirely freelance. We’ve managed to make it over the last six years on nothing but sheer will, determination, art smarts, and the belief that failure just isn’t an option. We had to give up a lot, most creature comforts, but the personal rewards are incredible.

    And yes, I do think the universe is listening. There have been so many times when I didn’t know how the hell we were going to make our bills for the month, doing everything in our power and more to wrangle funds. Somehow we always had just enough–a surprise commission, a new opportunity. Generally not more than that, but always enough. I think part of it is training yourself to see those opportunities that present themselves and grasping them while they’re available. There’s definitely a level of awareness involved with making it work.

    Despite all the hard work, the fact that days off are a myth, and coming face to face with the reality that passing responsibility’s just no longer an option, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m more than content with just enough. :)

  24. eugene

    there’s a part of me that wants to believe this, since it’ll make everything easier
    and another part wants to grow old and die despite the effort; a small victory in the insurgent sense

    but actually, any resulting consequence from effort shouldn’t matter. because what does is the dignity for having the courage, making the journey. the measure of who we are, i believe, is our ideals and not our fleeting legacies.

    purely opinion.

  25. Suraj

    I made a commitment about a week ago to quit my current job, and find a job that allows me to pursue photography.
    and you put up this quote today.
    New-age gurus overdo the positivity bit, but i cant help thinking that the ‘universe’ does send you the right message at the right time. namely this one.
    great work Gav.

  26. Claire

    My first time to read the full quote. Beautiful, especially the last part on leaping and finding yourself on a feather bed.

    I also love how you drew the ones helping the character like animal spirit guides. :)

  27. Neat


    This has made me cry.

    I am on my lunch break, all alone in Kuala Lumpur – away from my fiancé and all my family and my grandmother has just passed away.

    I’ve made the decision to stay here and fight my fight, as I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel here – my work is finally paying off. Leaving now would mean all the long hours, travel and challenges conquered along the way would have been futile.

    I know that my grandmother – who has been my mentor in my nursing career – would be disappointed in me if I let her passing get in the way. She always wanted me to stay and fight.

    I needed to see this today, I needed to remember my feather bed.

    Thanks and love always,


    • Zen Pencils

      Thanks Neat :) condolences for your grandmother

  28. George

    this comic has somehow reminded me of harry potter. Patronuses

  29. Franco

    Agreed Gav! I also find “The Secret” and other new age stuff as bullshit. But there is some truth to it in some way.

  30. ani

    very nice..i loved it.. GAV u are an inspiration ..please carry on the good work…

  31. Aditya Thakur

    Tuesday is motivation day for me thanks to you Gav. This comic is really inspiring.

    As far as taking the leap goes, I think it’s an ongoing process. It’s not really a single leap. You need to courage to keep walking on the path you have chosen for yourself. Doubts are like the demons in this comic. They will haunt you all the way but you have to be courageous and believe in yourself and just keep going.

    It’s simple. If you give up you’ll never succeed. If you carry on, eventually you will succeed. This might seem like bad advice because what if someone keep trying all his life and keeps failing till he dies. But it’s not bad advice because even this person, who failed a million times would have lived a much better life than those who never tried or those who tried but gave up.

    I think that’s what being courageous in the face of doubts is about. Taking the leap is a good metaphor but in reality that leap is just the beginning. You’ll need courage all through out your path.

    Thanks Gav. Keep walking.

  32. Andre

    You’re so right about the hard work part – that’s the major part – but the cartoon draws attention to one of the worst obstacles that most people have to deal with when they try and break free, and take that leap, attempting something more meaningful: the trolls saying you’ll never make it. All the more painful: the nay-sayers are normally your friends, relatives, etc. My take on that part is: allow your emerging ideas to be heavily influenced by criticism – most of it tends to be valuable, but stick to a few clear principles around the overall objective of what you’re doing – and don’t let the nay-sayers step over that line.

  33. Calibur

    To restate what others have said, the positivity itself is not what has the effect of making everything okay. A whole-hearted commitment, a drive to succeed, to do what you love, to carpe diem, created by the positivity, and the effort that in turn creates, lead to the success/happiness.

  34. Ibrahim

    i’ve seen all of your works and this is one of the best and most inspiring drawing i’ve ever seen :)

    thanks bro .. thinking of this makes me happy :)

  35. Waedeled

    Great comic as ususal!
    However, I think that the leap is the decision, and all the small steps – rewarding and unrewarding – is what follows.
    Took that leap about a year ago – though not in the same sense as you.
    Took 6 months leave from my job, because I got an oppotunity to live in Greenland (not exactly a dream, but definitely something different). I lost my job along the way, but in return I found a great job there, allowing me to save a lot of money. Now I’m back home – 9 months later – and am talking to friends and investigating airfares, planning to use my freedom to the fullest – and will hopefully spend another year seeing the rest of the world.
    I can’t wait! :-)

    p.s. If you ever want your comics translated to Danish – just let me know ;-)

  36. Sabine

    Oh my God, chills! This is so inspiring. It’s just what I needed as I start my senior year of high school. Thank you so much for this message, I feel braver already!

  37. Setti

    Took a school publication exam just because. No application form. No folio to show. I was accepted and I loved it. Two years later, I was appointed Editor in chief.

    The above quote couldn’t be more true. Love your work, mate.

  38. Jose Carlos
    Jose Carlos

    Reminds me this quote:

    “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
    Joseph Campbell”

  39. Ayesh

    Dear Gavin,

    YOU sir, is an Inspiration! Started working out about an year ago and took up on Archery about 8 months ago. Suddenly i got obsessed on both and i’m being th best of me lately with professional work as a Business Analyst for a software company. I use your work to be inspired just to go out and produce the best of me every day. Coming from a tiny paradise called Sri Lanka, I can proudly say IT IS WORKING DOWN HERE! :P KEEP IT UP BROTHER!

  40. Robin

    This is so inspiring. SO SO inspiring. Thank you.

  41. Mori

    I think the “secret” behind new-age claims like The Secret is more this: it doesn’t have to be the universe contriving to reward you with cosmic rays. Rather, when you go all-out and put yourself in risk, you are whether you realize it or not operating closer to your true potential as a human being.

    The thing about life is that the mundane nature of day-to-day existence grinds us down. We begin to think that what is really a very low level of effort from ourselves is normal, and all we can do. The world “rewards” a person for putting out effort because doing so tends to create value that somebody, somewhere, will probably see and want to take advantage of.

    It’s just that we’re made terrified of this possibility by conservative thinking because there’s great danger if we do jump and fail. Not everyone who goes out there and tries to do something more with their life succeeds. Some fail and fall on hard times not due to any fault of their own, but bad circumstances – there just wasn’t an opening for their efforts at that moment, no matter how hard they tried.

  42. CancerKiller

    I can say that I have experienced this idea, but it was in my younger days just after college when my wife and I moved to a new city with no concrete jobs in our chosen profession, just an idea that this is where we wanted to start our life together. We were working at a waiter and waitress while interviewing for jobs and living lean – not close to poor. Hard work, passion, and effort got us to where we are just like in the cartoon.

    I have to say that all changes when we had kids. The responsibility of caring for our kids definitely changed the view of that spirit and I can tell we are much more conservative in our approach to life. I just can’t see us doing similar things and taking those types of leaps into the abyss at this stage in our lives. I think once we have raised our kids, they are through college or whatever schooling they choose, we might be willing to take a leap again.

    Now we are focused on supporting our kids to be able to take the leap so they can have the same focus, passion, and desire to leap out on their own.

    Being willing and able totakie the leap is important, but knowing when to leap is just as important.

    • CancerKiller

      I apologize for all of the typos in that post. Is there an edit button? I really need to pay attention to that prior to hitting the “post comment” button.

  43. The Strongest Karate

    The problem with “The Secret” (an oxymoron, since it is a bestselling book and DVD) is that it focuses exclusively on the happy-thoughts part of the equation of success. It ignores the busting-your-ass-to-make-it-come-true part and it is there that the book fails to help almost everyone who picks it up achieve anything more than a temporary mood improvement.

  44. catiechan

    Thank you so much for another inspiring comic, Gav. :)



    I just wanted to say thank you.
    you may know already, but Brazil is having lots of protests. in a rate we’ve never seen before.
    when I read your comic, it reminded me of that moment. The moment that we Brazilians, should take risks, jump the chasm. our “impossible dream” is for Brazil, the country we love, being a country worthy of everything it has. we deserve it, we’re tired and we believe, now more than ever, that our voice will be heard. more and more.

  46. Bea

    So inspirational! :)

  47. Jonathan Reiter
    Jonathan Reiter

    That’s Inspiring! I wish I had that kind of GUTS. DAMN!

  48. TJ

    Wow. Just what I needed today. The Terence McKenna angle is a strange coincidence. Though I don’t take drugs (sober 25 years) I was watching videos just last night of Rupert Sheldrake, who worked closely with McKenna for years, and Graham Hancock, who advocates the RESPONSIBLE use of hallucinagenics.

  49. TJ

    CORRECTION- hallucinogens, not hallucinagenics

  50. Dane

    I defiinitely enjoyed the comic, as I typically do. I quit my job back in december of last year and I have no regret in doing so. My biggest issue with myself is determining what i’ll do next. I sometimes describe myself as lost as I don’t have a skill that I can work on daily (i.e. drawing, bodybuilding, archery, violin, piano, etc) that is tangible and something to be trained. I also fight that because it’s an excuse and that upsets me that i’m throwing myself into a category of “Oh I have no skills and purpose” by working through my thoughts, figuring how to impact the world, or make a difference to one life.

    I can’t say I know what I will do but I am being who I am. Through seeking information day by day I will continue being someone I think I would like to meet if I weren’t me. haha. If that’s something understandable.

    You’ve attributed to who I am, who i’m becoming, and who I respect and I thank you. I enjoy conversations and always will seek out something new that I hadn’t known the previous day. Cheers

  51. Odin


    Peter Dinklage’s graduation speech :)

  52. DazedNConfused

    Hi I discovered your work recently. Your work really blew me away including Pale blue dot, A Global Consciousness, Air and light and time and space and many more. I really admire what you do and how you do it. Infact I think your website is a pool of a lot of good ideas in life, the Art transcends the idea, words translate into realizations.

    Here I think, you could have chosen much more profound thoughts that McKenna has shared with the world. I see you have made many on Carl Sagan. Maybe a few other McKenna’s ideas deserve to be done in the times to come :).

    Thank you for your creating.


  53. Luigipanda

    Your comics are so inspirational. I always share it in my fan page.
    Keep that spark. Panda hugs.

  54. Zen Pencils

    Wonderful to hear all your stories, seems there’s a pattern

  55. Cat P.
    Cat P.

    Thank you, for this inspirational comic! I have never seen your work before, but you can bet I am a fan now!!

    I have made the “leap” in a multitude of arenas over my lifetime, and some have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams, and others have failed miserably. But no matter the outcome, I can look back and see how each leap was necessary to keep moving forward. Without the wins AND losses, I would not be where I am right now, and I am in a pretty amazing place. My most recent leap was moving across the country to see where my relationship with my boyfriend could go, and I am happier than I have ever been. I have made life-long friends here, have a deeper, more loving relationship with a man than I have ever had, and am starting to make some other dreams come true. Without the leap, it is too easy to get caught up in the status quo and staying comfortable. But comfortable doesn’t mean happy! Thank you for reminding me that every leap has been worth it!!

  56. ayoli

    I’m throwing myself into the abyss.

  57. Anonymous

    Amy’s baking company

  58. Valeriek

    Beautifully done. I love the animals — spirit guides? — helping her along the way. I’ve had a couple leap-of-faith moments in my life. One was moving from the northeastern US to Florida after a layoff to continue my reporting career. I was far from family in NJ and NYC, which I loved, but I won several journalism awards in Florida — and met my husband. The Incubus song “Drive” came out around the time I was moving and helped with my anxiety about the unknown: “Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes.”

  59. PD

    Hey! Just wanted to say that I’ve started doing math again after a break of 8 years in order to apply to an MBA college. Needless to say it’s an uphill task but today’s cartoon is beyond fabulous.

    I’m terribly inspired and I just had to let you know!

  60. Leonard Ritter
    Leonard Ritter

    As someone who is doing that leap right now and worried shitless, you made me tear up with gratitude.

  61. hiddenplace

    This is definitely my all-time favorite McKenna quote! Thanks so much for illustrating it.
    It has proved true for me too… 6 years ago I quit my job, sold my car, gave up my awesome apartment and moved from the US to Germany to be with a girl I met on the internet (we had spent a total of 2 weeks together at that point). We’re still together and my life has turned out way more fulfilling than it would have been if I had played it safe and stayed in the states.
    Safe travels, Terence… wherever you are

  62. Vyse Dyne
    Vyse Dyne

    Ah, this one fits me quite well. I’ve gone through many life changes in the past 2 years, thankfully all of them for the best. I used to live a very simple, mundane life, and I felt completely lost, as though something very important was missing in my life. Things just weren’t quite right.

    Well, after an event happened, which in hindsight seems to have been setup to happen after a chain of other events leading up to it, my whole world got turned up-sided down. I literally did a 180 in how I thought from this event. Let me sum things up.

    I never used to believe in anything supernatural, with the exception of ghosts and demon, from my Christian upbringing. After this event however, I was forced to instantly accept that there are many things out there that exist that I never thought could, and that they weren’t bad like I’d been lead to believe, but that they’re what you make them into that determines if they’re “bad” or not. What made me instantly accept things is that I discovered that I was actually born into something that can only be explained by supernatural means. This discover also answered questions that I’ve had about myself for my entire life, and brought a sense of happiness and reason that I’d never had before. Everything about myself, at long last, was starting to make sense. I still had many pieces to put together though to answer all my questions.

    So, from that point on, I started looking deeply into what I was born into, which was deeply spiritual in nature, and all metaphysical/magickal things in general. Shortly into my studies, I was invited to join an online group/community, who’s name will be kept secret for privacy’s sake. It was in this community that I learned the major details on what I’d discovered in that fateful event, and I even started to connect in an unusually deep way to the owners and moderators of the site.

    It wasn’t long before I decided that I’d visit the main people from the group in person, since we’d all been getting along so well, and they all lived in the same Florida area. So, after many months of saving up, I made the trip from Pennsylvania to Florida to stay at a my friend’s place for a week. From the moment I entered my friend’s door, I instantly felt at home. These people knew me, understood me completely, and completely accepted me for who I am. That’s something that has never happened to me, not 100% at any rate.

    During my visit, I had so many eye opening experiences that would have shocked and confused most people, but I took it all in stride and naturally understood it all. Why? Because I’d discovered that this was what I was born to do. The things I was doing and the people I was with, well, I’d been doing and have been with many times before. It turns out that the unusually strong connection I was feeling from these people was caused by the fact that I’ve been reincarnating with them for many, many lifetimes, naturally creating a strong bond and deep level of understanding and trust.

    So anyway, the visit came to an end, tears were shed, and home I went. Nothing felt right anymore since I left. So, I made my complete life changing decision. I was going to save up what little money I could, drop everything, and move to Florida to live the only life that had ever felt right to me, and to be with the people who had been more a true family to me than even my biological one.

    So, the months went by, and I couldn’t seem to save up much money. It got to the point that I decided to just go. I’d take my chances and “throw myself into the abyss” in a sense. I set the move date, and left on it. I left with a car full of stuff, and $300 to my name, before gas for the 1,150 mile trip. I arrived after a few days driving to be greeted with open arms by the whole group.

    So, the inevitable hardships began. I was allowed to stay on my friend’s couch for a little while, but I knew it wouldn’t last. I scrambled for a job and a home. After 3 weeks, I managed to get a job. Stress from the living situation was getting high, though, thanks to my friend’s landlord. By week 5, I was told by my friend that I had been given 3 days by the landlord and I was gone. 3 days pass, and no home. I was on the streets. I decided to try rooming. I made calls everywhere for anything I could afford. No responses. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend that night at a different friend’s place. I knew it would be just the one night though. The next day I made more calls. 1 response, and the room was spoken for. I started searching for shelters. Towards mid afternoon, after some shelter searching, I get another call. It was the woman I’d spoken to before, calling to tell me that the other person fell through, and if I was still interested, we could meet to see about working things out. We met 2 hours later, and I shared my whole situation, that I was on the streets, had no money, but would have some soon from my job. The woman understood, found me sincere, and decided to give me a chance. I had a home. 5 weeks in Florida, and I had a steady job and a home. I’d done it.

    I’ve been in Florida for 5 months now, and have gained a wonderful group of friends and a family in them at the same time. I even have more money now than I ever did before, allowing me to get into old recreations I’d been missing, like scuba diving, and I’ve learned so much from my new family that I’ve grown more than I could have ever imagined. I’ve learned so much about myself that I finally understand myself completely, and I’ve gained skills that I never thought I’d have. I took a risk in dropping everything to go out on my own to follow my dream of becoming a spiritualist and magick practitioner, and it miraculously worked out, against all odds. I’m here, and I’ve never been happier and more fulfilled. My journey has just begun though. I can’t imagine how I’ll grow in the future. It just goes to show, though, that if you have a dream that you know needs to happen, do whatever it takes to achieve that dream. If you’re meant to do it, it will work out.

    On a side note, I’m sorry I haven’t explained that fateful event. It’s not that I can’t or that it’s too personal, but that I shouldn’t. What I discovered is something that shouldn’t be shared freely. It’s something that an extremely low number of people can even understand, and the vast majority of the ones that can are all people born into this as well, so of course it rings true to them. It’s for this reason that I shouldn’t share it. I don’t want people misunderstanding and getting the wrong idea. I will say that it’s something that you can go your entire life being a part of and never know it, since it’s a natural born, yet subtle part of yourself that few people even know exists. Unless you discover it on your own or have someone who knows about it see the signs in you and tell you about it, you’ll probably never figure it out, therefore causing hardships and general difficulties in your life without you ever being able to figure out why things are the way they are. I can tell you right now, if this discovery hadn’t been shown to me, I would be lost and troubled to this very day. This discovery has brought me so much understanding into all the troubles I’d had growing up and it allowed to me learn to adapt and make things work at last. I can never thank the person who enlighten me to it enough.

  63. Caitlin

    This one really spoke to me. I really, really want a print of this! Will it be made available, or is it one of the ones that can’t be due to text copyright?


  64. TH

    I did this three times with three successes. I wish I had done them earlier. I was fearful of change (I see that fear now as a type of death). For me, it was as Mori said, that when I leapt I was operating closer to my true self. Sometimes it is very difficult to hear your true self through all the noise from family, friends, society – which is mostly negative.

    The most important one for me was to look at my unresolved grief over the death of my mother (who died when I was a child) and the unresolved trauma of the events that followed. I was fearful that I would slip into a depression from which I would not be able to recover. But I have learned that unresolved childhood trauma is very toxic and life-limiting (and prevents you from keeping in touch with your true self). I took the leap with the help of a good therapist and a good friend. My mental health is much improved since I leapt into the abyss!

  65. mheartwood

    I have always found that in order to leap into the abyss and trust that everything would be all right, a person always needed to to have faith in themselves. Saying “I can do this” is the most important thing there is.

  66. drokalok

    Outstanding! I read the first line and immediately recognized the quote. Thank you so much for illustrating this, Gavin. And such a spectacular interpretation!

    - Daniel

  67. Rob

    Thanks for redirecting me to the stoned ape theory. I’ve always been a believer of this theory since I thought of this one too. It kind of closes some evolutionary gaps and explains various things which separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Difficult to prove though and there are some animals who also eat shrooms like squirrels. Well time for a read ^^

  68. Michael B
    Michael B

    Your artwork is great, as always, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the “do what you love” quotes. It’s unrealistic for everyone. By the time I realized what I loved, I had an established career (doing something I don’t love) with a wife, 2 kids and a mortgage. Unfortunately, the risk was too much, at that point.

    And I know not all comics aren’t for my benefit. :) But even still, many young adults – with no mouths to feed who give it everything they have – still fail. We just don’t hear about it much.

  69. Zoe


    This statement:

    ” I made the commitment and hurled myself into the abyss (quit my job and sold my house to fund the dream) and so far, it’s worked out better than I could have imagined.”

    sums up the push that anyone reading needs to make that decision that they’ve being delaying – including me!

    Thanks again for another thought provoking illustration

    Terence McKenna would be proud I’m sure


  70. dave

    i always loved the that quote from Terence. he has so many good one :) great work!

  71. Dude

    Unfortunately, right after I quit my job and sold my house to become a web cartoonist of inspirational quotes, ZenPencils beat me to it. So, it doesn’t always work out. :\

  72. Travis

    I’ve enjoyed Zen Pencils for a while now. They are beautiful. (Can you feel the “but” coming?)

    But …

    I have a lot of problems with the attitude of this particular strip. What seems to be offered is the whole “stay positive, don’t complain. If you do complain, you’re being negative, and that’s why you’re going to fail/not get the promotion/not go into remission” shuck and jive.

    The world is littered with the broken husks of the Zuckerbergs who failed. They believed in themselves. They had confidence. They put everything into the big, bold, nervous leap. And the featherbed at the bottom turned out to be a shroud.

    It isn’t “courage” to take the big gamble, just like it isn’t “cowardice” to stick to the safe path. Religion gets a lot of mileage off of this:

    1. You get cancer or something terminal.
    2. You get told to pray to (fill in the god).
    3. If you recover/surgery gets it/spontaneously go into remission: “See? God did that.”
    4. If you get even worse: “You aren’t believing hard enough. It’s still your fault.”
    5. If you die: “Well, it was all part of God’s glorious plan. A plan that required that you die by inches in absolute agony without a scrap of dignity.”

    In every case, God only gets the credit. Never the blame.

    If Mark Zuckerberg had gotten prosecuted by Harvard for swiping the information in those students’ accounts, and then drummed out, and then turned over to the police, and possibly even the Feds on the telecom angle, and convicted, do you think anyone would want to hear the convicted felon’s argument about how he had to make the impossible possible?

  73. Whiskey Dick

    So, this only works for skinny blonde chicks, though?

  74. Kaitlyn

    Beautiful. I love it!

  75. Felix Barcelona
    Felix Barcelona

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing your creative with everyone. Im going to share this with my 10year old daughter. Go after her dreams and dont anything stop her! thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Tim

    Loved this one, Gavin.

    A comment or two… The Secret is not about positive thinking. The Secret is about the Law of Attraction, which is at work in each of our lives every day. Belief is irrelevant, just as it is with gravity. You don’t have to believe in gravity, but it’s going to do its thing anyway.

    The key is to learn how these laws work, and how to influence their powers in our lives. Airplanes use gravity to come back down to earth, but they influence its operation via wings and engines, etc. It’s easy to understand what gravity does. The hard part is getting the wings & engines part right, so you don’t come down like a lawn dart. And even though we KNOW how to do it, there are still failures, still mistakes that happen. The people who teach airplane builders aren’t to blame. What they teach is correct. But sometimes things don’t go according to (human) plan. On the other hand, gravity will do what gravity does.

    LOA is no different. It’s easy to understand – the thoughts you hold in your head tend to attract other thoughts and events that have a similar vibration. I know that’s a vague term, but the world is based on vibration. NOTHING is sitting still. NOTHING is solid. Everything is based on sympathetic vibration.

    So, pay attention to the KINDS of thoughts you think. If they make you feel good, you’re going to attract more of the same, as well as events that make you feel good.

    This doesn’t mean that you can just say, “OK. I want a new job” and it will happen. The universe might deliver you a pink slip first – not what you were hoping for. But, that pink slip will force you into action.

    A statement like, “if you put positive energy into the universe, the universe will reward you” is based on an incorrect assumption; that “reward” is something you will like or enjoy. The universe WILL absolutely reward you, but HOW it does so is influenced by your thought habits.

    We can’t control LOA any more than we can control gravity. But we can influence how it operates in our lives. You made a decision to make a leap, and THEN the universe responded, and opportunities began to come. You created a mind space where you HAD to believe this thing was going to happen for you. You eliminated your fallback option. You burned your ships. Had it not worked out for you, I expect that you would not have regretted it.

    You could have waited around for something to happen, and it WOULD have, but not according to your terms.

    I recently got my pink slip, in a manner of speaking. I worked a job as a contract employee for many years. Every year, the contract had to be renewed, and every year it was a cause of stress. I began to think (and verbalize) the idea that I needed to find a new job before they forced me to do it by not renewing.

    But, I put my head in the sand, never got around to taking that action, and the universe gave me a push. I GOT EXACTLY WHAT I ASKED FOR! I wanted freedom from that job, and I got just that. I just didn’t do enough to influence the parameters of how it came about.

    You (as in anybody) can’t think, “I want more money” and “I don’t have enough money” at the same time and expect to get what you want. You’re as focused on the LACK at least as much as you are focused on the desire. Law of Attraction will bring you more thoughts and events that match your mental vibration – lack. When that happens, you can’t blame anyone but yourself. The universe doesn’t care if you don’t understand the rules or how the game is played. You’re still a part of it & subject to its laws. If it’s not going to way you want, you have to get educated about the subject.

    The lesson in The Secret is missed by virtually everyone who says it’s junk. You’re not alone. That movie probably should come with a disclaimer that if you don’t fully understand LOA, you shouldn’t watch it. They just don’t do a good enough job of making the point.

    I’ll end my rambling here. Hopefully my comments will help somebody out there.

  77. Travis


    LOA = GOD. It’s the same thing I just debunked. Prosperity Gospel, Wish Super Hard, whatever you want to call it, you aren’t playing fair. When you succeed, that counts as a success. When you fail, it’s because you weren’t trying hard enough. In a word? That’s sick.

    • Tim

      You’re missing the point entirely. If you fail (there’s an argument to be made that you can’t fail), it has nothing to do with how hard you try.

      The kinds of thoughts you hold at the front of your mind determine how you feel. Period. There’s nothing to contradict there. Hold thoughts about getting revenge on that guy that just cut you off in traffic, and you’re going to feel… less than stellar.

      Learn how to let that guy’s actions NOT bother you (it’s YOUR choice to be bothered or not), and you’ll feel better about things in general.

      When you feel better in general, things just seem to be more likely to fall into place. The negative crap doesn’t seem to show up so much. Maybe people just seem to be a little more friendly than usual.

      When you feel angry, disappointed, depressed, fearful, life tends to hand you more of the same, doesn’t it?

      The idea is more like working smart, rather than hard. If you’re working hard, with the thought that you need more money, for instance, you’re probably holding the opposite thought in mind: I don’t have enough money. Work as hard as you want. You’re probably not going to make much headway. Change how you THINK about your money situation, and you won’t have to work nearly as hard to see progress.

      Just for the record, I don’t hold to any particular religion. The term ‘God’ is rarely defined in a way that I can get behind. YOU (each and every one of us) are the creator of your life circumstances, good or bad, happy or sad, like it or not, accept it or not.

      Your argument about whether you complain about “If you do complain, you’re being negative, and that’s why you’re going to fail/not get the promotion/not go into remission” is based on either information from people who don’t understand how LOA works, or a misconception of your own that you can reprogram decades of thought in a single attempt. Our culture teaches us to look for the negative, the unjust, the catastrophic in the world around us. Don’t you think it’s MAYBE just possible that looking at and listening to that stuff for years is going to have an effect on your mindset? The world is neither good or evil. It’s what you make of it.

      • Travis


        I learned that in kindergarten. Don’t let others upset you when you can avoid it. Sometimes you can’t, and when that happens, you try to forget about it.

        Let’s not turn it into a philosophy, m’kay?

        • Anonymous

          Again you miss the point. You always can avoid letting others upset you. It’s a choice. Someone does or says something to you. You decide to be upset. Or not. In the words of the immortal master, Yoda, “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

          • Anonymous

            To someone who doesn’t understand, that sounds either cruel or insane. There are techniques you can learn, but *we have emotions*. You can’t just expect people to shut off their emotions like a spigot. Or are you gonna tell us you can do just that??

  78. Kritickill

    I took a risk a few months ago. It failed, caused me a bunch of grief, and almost lost me my job. But I got back up and now I’m up and running again. It was no feather bed, however, that’s for sure.

    • Anonymous

      But, did you learn from it? Was it a valuable experience? Are you better, or better off for having done it? Would you do it again?

      Just asking.

  79. Jamie Z.
    Jamie Z.

    Ohpleaseohplease make a print of this available. It’s so inspiring and true.

  80. oneye

    I’ve been reading your comics for quite some time. I love them all (but especially Charles-bukowski-air-and-light-and-time-and-space which gave me a nice hint to work on myself, since I like excuses).
    I also have big dreams, they are slowly coming true.
    Now I am right before a crucial decision – do I want to change totally the culture I live in, learn new language and have home far away from my family and friends in order of working for my dreams.
    This illustrated quote makes me not worry about the future. If I follow my beliefs it’s gonna be ok. Even if I have to jump into dark abyss.

    I will keep searching for motivation in your work, so please keep on doing, what you do the best!

  81. Craig

    I can absolutely relate to this. A few months ago, I was fed up in my job and decided to pursue something else, it took a while and I’m not going to lie, it’s the hard work that you must do. Along the way, I have discovered more about myself and found out that I have been suffering from depression. I am in a much better place now and with the new attitude to life, being positive about everything, I have landed a dream job. Keep up the brilliant artwork!!

  82. Damien Josset

    10 years ago I went back to college after a break of several years. A lot of people were like “It’s too hard, you will fail”. I never listened to them and it went well. With a PhD, I now can access much better job opportunities than otherwise. However, I am still amazed by the amount of Naysayers and to see people which first thing they will ever tell you is “You will fail”. Some of them are sometime so negative and powerful that they can actually make you fail. It is very disapointing to see people so focused on the negative that it becomes their reality. Luckily, my experience is that there are also plenty of positive people which will gladly help you reach whatever goal you have in life.

  83. Gina

    I think too many people hear things like this and quit their jobs to follow their passion without a second thought. In reality, we all have to provide for ourselves. I think really the key is solid preparation and planning (which often means hard work). I am considering leaving my stable but sometimes morally crushing reality TV job for a concept art / storyboarding career. However, this is something that I’ve been thinking about for over a year, while I save up money and take art classes on the evenings and weekends. When and if I do make the leap, it will be with the faith that my skills and experience are strong, and the knowledge that I’ve done everything I can to prepare for the change.

    • James

      Gina, would you like to lend your skills to a re-imagining of the Star Wars prequels? My good friend recently finished the screenplays for the 1st of 3 feature-length films. We’re going to release the first act on YouTube and see what happens before moving on to the rest of the 1st and following films. This is a fan-based project, but we’re raising money to pay people for their talents. We have a contract that gives everyone their fair share for their contribution should the project take off into something huge -and we’re anticipating that.

  84. Max

    So… You’re telling me I should jump off cliffs…

  85. Anonymous

    Dat ass

  86. Nguy?n Hoàng Huy

    Terence McKenna is my hero.

  87. Taelor

    I went to nursing school and realized that I immediately did not want to do it. So I packed up and went to the oil field to ruffneck and now I have more money and friends then I ever had. I am now completely financially independent.

  88. Ravikumar

    Hi. I recently got hooked to your site and boy I am blown away and you are inspiring me to pick up that pencil again. I hope you release a graphic novel of these.

  89. Nick

    I’ve spent my life jumping off the edge. Have just a few months ago given away (not sold) everything I own, and my home. Now on the road again, don’t know where to, and it feels great. For what it’s worth, I’m 68 years old, and not rich by western standards.

  90. James

    Patrick, what made your dream of becoming an online comic book writer impossible?

  91. James

    “Fortune favors the bold.” -Publius Terentius Afer

  92. James

    I pursued a career path that didn’t seem all that risky at the time. I just pursued my passion. I discovered over time that what I do has very little security in it, and quite inconsistent in terms of income. So it’s made my life rather difficult, and I’ve been seeking a better way that still keeps my heart alive. Currently my inspired passion is to work on a book, as well as help a friend produce a series of screenplays he’s writing. I don’t know where either project will take me. So it’s a juggling act for me right now, but I believe as long as I keep myself to the task I will prevail.

  93. amplewaters

    i guess i can say from lots of experience that it works sometimes and other times it doesn’t. sounds like you did it once. the most important thing for me is to ask myself if Im willing to fail each time I take the leap… I just dont give a shit any more if it doesnt work out. I always learn something in the process.

  94. Daniel

    I really like this work, great job!!!
    Reminds me somehow on this video:

  95. vincent FTRY
    vincent FTRY

    Well…”nature” and “courage” are very (fuzzy)cultural notions, and as Terence McKenna said “culture is not your friend”.
    I guess it works fine as a mantra but not as a truth.

  96. Liura Sanchez Lauri

    Hi! Can I use this to put it in portughese and upload at my G+? I even cry when I read and see the images! I just love it! Congrats! Best Regards, Liura.

  97. Adam

    Last year, after several years in a job that was slowly losing security and even interest for me, the universe sort of forced me to move on, something I know I should have done a lot sooner. Anyway, my family and I ended up moving in with my parents, and almost immediately after making the move, I was contacted about a job opportunity that required me to move once more, and equal distance away from my parents.
    I still have that new job, and it’s been so wonderful. I’ve been learning more about my career field, I’ve been given more responsibilities and I enjoy the work immensely. Not to mention the job comes with benefits I didn’t have before. It has been a long road over the past year, but when I overcame the fear of having to make this second move for a job in a city I’ve never been to before, and leaving my family for nine months to do it, things just fell into place.
    I found a place to live very close to work. I was literally handed a brand new car i would not have otherwise been able to get on my own. I was able to catch up on recent debts, and even older debts have come back to me, and although it has been tough to deal with them, I am actually in a situation that I can do so.

  98. Irfan

    So moved by this, such an inspirational work, thank you gav

  99. Michaela Ambrose
    Michaela Ambrose

    The run up is crucial to the leap!

  100. Lawrence Beck
    Lawrence Beck

    The key is making the commitment to do something – then all your actions and energy will be directed towards achieving your goal and the opportunities that were always there but hidden will become visible because you are actively seeking them out.

    There’s a difference between “wishing” and “wanting”. People that wish for something (job, fame, money) are looking for the end result without putting in the time. People the want something are willing to work for it.

    The part of this quote/illustration that strikes home for me is ignoring the naysayers. I came from a family of pessimists. “You’re good at that, but you’ll never get any better”, “that’s impossible”, etc. Eventually I learned to ignore them and go after what I wanted.

  101. bakeca Foligno


  102. Y

    I have a few random thoughts to contribute:

    1. Survival bias. People tend to focus on people who survived a process rather than not, because people who didn’t win are forgotten. So, yes, only people who took risks ultimately got their rewards, but it is not a sure or even safe path, and we do not have statistics on which kinds of strategies work better than others because they are hard to test. Maybe for every thousand people who took a certain kind of risk, one won. Would you still do it if your odds are truly one to a thousand?

    2. Self-Knowledge: not all goals are worth pursuing. Yes, there is a learning curve and you get better, but sometimes you rush into something because it looks good and it is not truly what you want. Sometimes a person do not have one passion, but many small ones. Or sometimes what brings meaning to their lives isn’t something I’d call passion. Sometimes you sacrifice some of your goals for something more meaningful.

    3. Not all advice are suitable for everyone. I think by trying to reach as many people as possible sometimes generic advice fails in the specifics – when does this piece of advice work? What are the conditions? What are the underlying assumptions?

    4. Environment and circumstances. People often neglect the power of the environment around us. A hunter-gatherer in pre-historic times who is best suited to computer programming could not have been a programmer. A peasant in the 15th century is unlikely to become king. A woman two centuries ago could not vote, nor could many common men. In certain countries power belonged to certain groups and if you were not in the group you could not participate in politics and or the economy in a meaningful way. Even within our environment, there are barriers. Why else do we have to talk about discrimination and racism? Maybe the best of the best knock barriers down, but we forget we are not all the same, and a good person who is capable, but face impossible odds in the form of discrimination, eventually folds to survive. There are also good and bad times to get into a business. At times a market favours an early entrant, and after enough people fill the specific market, there isn’t room for anyone else left. In addition, sometimes it takes many attempts before one of the risks pays out, in the mean time people with resources can take bolder risks, because they can afford it. Sometimes the less affluent cannot. We do live in an affluent society, and there are way more people in less affluent societies who cannot take bold risks, than those who can. On the flipside, we are in an affluent society, so why not take the risks we can afford to take? We have what many people in the world wish they had but does not.

    5. The market: there is supply and demand. When there are too many people in one occupation, the price is driven down, sometimes to the point people find it not worthwhile to pursue their passion professionally because it is too economically costly. You might be talented, but there might be someone else who is more talented. Of course, you cannot know whether you are or can become the most skilled/talented/innovative one in the market until you try.

    5. Survival. It is easier for unattached people to take risks, it is harder for someone who has ailing parents or small children. If their risks don’t pan out, they are letting down those who depend on them. Single mothers may take risks, but they are more known for trying to feed their children. We are not alone. We have responsibilities to others.

    6. Individual differences. Different people need different amounts of rest and other requirements. The person who can sleep two hours less a day and can still function (there ARE variations between the need for sleep between people) will achieve their goals faster than the person who cannot, and maybe keep the person who cannot work that hard simply because he or she needs to sleep from ever achieving his/her dream because the position has been filled. And sometimes what you want is not what you are suited for. Maybe you want to be an Olympic swimmer but you have much narrower shoulders than Phelps (apparently it helps), so you designs swimwear for Olympians instead. Maybe you want to design cars but you are really bad at both art and math, but you are a good at languages and could translate car manuals instead. Character does count a lot, but like all things in life it is not a certain bet.

    7. Partners. Steve Jobs needed Steve Wozniak’s idea to get started. There are times you need the right people to work with you. Jobs is really good at what he does, but he can only do what he does with the right people.

    8. Learning. There is a popular idea that you only become an expert after 10000 hours of practice (some dispute the exact number of hours and the range varies greatly, but it’s the idea that counts). We do need to start learning if we are ever to become good at something. Finally, I’d recommend people check out the book “Small Bets” by Peter Sims. I don’t think the science of the book is very solid (rather untested), but I like the idea. Taking the leap doesn’t mean getting it right at once, or even very fast, but to find out what you are supposed to be doing. Take small risks to get feedback and build up your resources through small wins. If it turns out you are truly pursuing the wrong idea, change course through your feedback. I dislike ‘there is no try’. Of course there is trying: you have an idea, and you test it out. That is trying, not just doing. There should be thought behind action. Never mistake motion for action.

    I’d just like to conclude my rambling by saying that I do believe there is a place for inspiration, and part of the leap is sometimes not drastic – just get started, and maybe EVENTUALLY sell your house when you have become capable. But if your family is not depending on your for the bare minimal survival needs, and you do have the capabilities, why not get started? You might not take a leap, but you can do research and test out the waters. Not all risks are right for everyone, and everyone should “do their homework”, or research before taking risks. Listen to the naysayers and ask “why not”, and try to resolve any true problems that come up. Know how much you can afford to lose, and know what to do in the worst case scenario. Don’t take risks you cannot afford to take, for whatever reason. There is magic in focusing on your goals – because you start to notice opportunities that further you, and put you into contact with people who can help you. It is not pure chance that opportunities present themselves to you after you make a commitment. This is a psychological phenomenon where we only notice what we consider relevant. If you have the talent, the skills, resources/access to resources and persistence, why not go for it? No need to leap off cliffs before you prepared you learned to paraglide though.

  103. MATheo

    I have to say that taking the leap has been a mixed bag, but I’ve learned a lot about the talents that were hidden inside of me.

    My story didn’t happen by choice. I was a victim of the recession. I decided to complete a BA that I had been working on for a few years. I picked areas of study that automatically garner the question of “what are you going to do with that?” (They are Theology and Philosophy). I’m now in graduate seminary, working towards a master’s degree in Theology and Ethics, have had instructors cite my work in their published work, have presented papers to intrigued audiences on a regional level and recently was invited to present a paper at the national meeting for what is considered to be gold standard of association for my field.
    While that all seems really fluffy, there have been downfalls. I’ve tried to find full time work, but my employment has been sporadic at best. The result is that we do have housing insecurity. I keep pushing forward, though, trying to remain mindful that I’ve come a long way in my chosen field since I set out a few years ago.
    I can see the feathers, but I don’t feel that I have completely fallen on them, yet.

  104. Raf

    Expecto Patronum!

  105. Ankit Agrawal
    Ankit Agrawal

    When we do what we truly aspire for, the things which we are passionate about, then the work itself is a reward.
    Most of the times the fruits of our work are sweet, at least edible !
    And times when we fail, don’t’ we learn something which we didn’t know ?
    Which we had heard but hadn’t experienced.

    And in the end we have the satisfaction that we did live life OUR WAY.

    Let’s learn from nature and be bold and courageous.

  106. Jason Bunting

    Thank you for the great comic and inspirational words following it! I’ve seen God, aka “the Universe,” working miracles in my own life to allow me more freedom to express myself in ways that were only a dream prior to now, and I agree that you have to just take that leap into the abyss (i.e. exercise faith).

  107. rockatansky

    On One Hand – nice graphics, sharp style. Compliments. On Other Hand, message-wise, about “his ‘Stoned Ape Theory’ …” It isn’t just bs, no matter how it plays itself.

    True, stoned apes does reflect TM’s utter lack of least clue about evolution (biology, etc), despite his – and his dazzled admirers’ – circus show, like he’s some kind of expert. True also, he certainly seems to have considered himself, or acted as if, he had a shred of science literary. Tossing off ‘science says’ lines – in that big-worded, authoritative-sounding voice he spoke in. Its true he impressed many (hipster trippers), made them go wow – gullibly – by talking stuff like:

    “Orthodox evolutionary theory tells us small adaptive advantages eventually become genetically scripted into a species”

    (Earth to Terence: That’s what Lamarck thought – like, a couple centuries ago. Well before anyone heard of Darwin, or natural selection. HELLO?)

    Stoned apes isn’t just bs, isn’t just wildly stupid – acting like its some brilliant or ‘fascinating’ or … etc. Its deceit, its whole Modus Operandi is deception and disinfo. Not just about evolutionary theory, but facts he made up, thin air. Fabricated findings, with names of real researchers pinned on them – like “Fischer and Hill” – to try and make whoever think, wow, so there’s evidence that could support this (“possibly”)? Studies that found “psilocybin, in low doses, enhances visual acuity”?? (and therefore … etc).

    Its not just that he made that bs up, and exploited names and credibility of scientific researchers. What seems remarkable is the extent of his deceit. The wildly false and misleading nature of stuff he stated as if factual – along with the sheer number of lies (different shapes and sizes), to weave a whole web of deception.

    And nobody … not one man woman or child listening to that – ever dared doubt, question, fact-check … all just going ‘wow, wow, that’s … wow.’ Like some weird kind of hypno-lobotomy. Or maybe just afraid of results, what would happen, what they’d find.

    Its not that stoned apes is merely stupid and desperately misinformed, with no least clue about anything. Problem’s much deeper:

    The whole rap is built on fraudulent claims. With no room for any shred of plausible deniability (like maybe he just didn’t read Fischer’s pubs he cited carefully enough) – none, zero. He was a fake, a con.

    And his devoted following embraces that, like its some glorious golden legacy – pushing its ambitions, to glorify and aggrandize his name – a missionary cause. All toward new and more converts. Its go forth and spread the word like the above sermon. As the comic strip contnet reflects – you are urged to make a commitment. Its a Come To Jesus decision, you must devote yourself. Then you can be a part of it – Uncle Terence Wants You, recruits needed. Help spin the web further, ensnare and delude more fishers of men to cast the lines …

    Of all the lies the ‘stoned apes’ web is woven from – two faves:

    1) No ‘enhancement of visual acuity’ (per Terence’s story of work by Fischer et al.) has ever been reported in scientific findings. Not at any dose, by anyone. And that goes double for research Terence pinned that claim on.

    2) That “low dose” piece of talk is pure ‘smoke and mirror’ – empty allusion. What ‘low dose’? How many µg/kg? Funny, he never said. Nor has anyone going ‘wow, wow …’ ever asked. What a weird universe, wow …

    Especially those telling and re-telling the story, reciting verbatim – parroting it, as if remotely true or factual in the least. And what’s really interesting: Fischer did research with psilocybin (pure compound, not mushrooms with whatever percent, variable) – didn’t even study ‘low dose’ effects.

    Dosage range for psilocybin, research (not story time) based (Wackermann J, M Wittmann, F Hasler, FX Vollenweider, 2008. Effects of varied doses of psilocybin … Neuroscience Newsletters 345: 51-55):

    12 µg/kg = Very Low Dose
    115 µg/kg = Medium Dose
    250 µg/kg = High Dose

    The dosage Fischer et al used to study effects was … 160 µg/kg

    How fascinating . Amid such breathless, lively to-do over TM’s ‘ideas’ – Fischer’s pubs he exploited for sciencey sound – are never quoted, never have been. Names and titles are dropped, the lines recited verbatim, sticking to the script. But no factual info, just air-puffed bs. Any detail, specifics or clarity … avoided like plague or quicksand.

    No wonder. “I felt if I could … convince people that drugs were responsible for large brain size … get drugs insinuated into a scenario of human origins, I would cast doubt on the whole paradigm of Western Civilization. So, it was consciously propaganda …” (http://deoxy.org/t_mondo2.htm).

    Ah, that explains everything!

    “Since I feel pretty much around friends and fringies here, it doesn’t trouble me to confess, my book FOOD OF THE GODS, I really conceived of as an intellectual Trojan horse. Written as though it were a scientific study – citations to impossible-to-find books and so forth* … simply to ‘assuage’ academic anthropologists … THE IDEA IS – to leave this thing on their doorstep; rather like an abandoned baby, or Trojan horse” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuhrhT8Z5QA).

    Well well. Seems there actually is an idea there after all – under cover, hidden behind the brilliant ‘idea circus’ – the fake ideas serve as decoys, to carnival bark, step up and be amazed. Strategic diversion like any garden-variety shell game con.

  108. making money online

    Working to make this happen right now! The leap is scary, but if you never jump you’ll never know how far down the rabbit hole you can actually go!

  109. .

    It’s unfortunate that the obstacles are illustrated as “trolls” and “haters”

    Those aren’t real obstacles.
    Those are like running in bad rain or something:
    It might not be ideal; but the obstacles are part of the terrain.

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