Lately we’ve been learning about graphic novels in my English class. Contrary to popular belief, we have actually began to learn things that are relevant to English. Right now we’re reading this book about the Iranian Revolution in the late 70’s. For some reason we had to watch a 20 minute video beforehand that detailed the many uprisings and rebellions there have been in the Middle East. Muslims aren’t really interesting enough to watch a documentary about them. The book is called Persepolis, and it’s more of the story of a girl who’s trying to understand the Revolution and why she’s being separated from her friends. The only person I can talk to about it is my friend who lives in Vegas. We only get to call on occasion, but he always tell me how nice business is with his las vegas special use permit company going on.
It’s probably hard for a small child to wrap their head around the idea of multiple religions being at war with each other. Especially when her parents are protesting and she sees them as heroes, but everyone else perceives them as rebel scum. Then we studied the optical illusions behind imagery in graphic novels, and they tried to be all tricky and thought-provoking. It’s the epitome of condescension, which is really hard for me to tolerate. Being talked down to by someone who studied “liberal arts” for multiple years is pretty. Major in a real topic. It’s also kinda tough for me to relate to the story, because I stopped believing in God a long time ago.
I understand all the symbolism and morality stuff behind it, but I don’t believe in any higher beings. People always think that atheists worship the devil or something. But they’re forgetting that we don’t believe in him, either. I don’t really like to call myself an atheist anyways, purely because of the negative connotation that comes with it. The bright side is that graphic novels aren’t a political issue, like language or oppression, so I don’t have to disagree with everything my teacher says anymore. As Glen Cook stated, “Every ounce of my cynicism is supported by historical precedent.”