the illusion of free choice

You’re born, you live, you make choices, and then you die. Yes, philosophically this comic is expressive of agnostic existentialism with a good dose of melancholy, but dang if the cow doesn’t somehow make it funny.

5 Responses to “Cow-istentialism”

  1. Roger Green  

    Cows are inherently funny. It was a very moo-ving cartoon.

  2. Anthony Velez  

    I am with you there, Roger. Cows are inherently funny. Perhaps it would be cribbing too much from Gary Larson’s “The Far Side,” but I thought it would be a good idea to draw upon my intellectual history degree and do an illustrated history of philosophy using only cows. Maybe I could pay off my student loans.

  3. K.L.B.  

    Seeing no teats, no udder (aka “milk sack”), and that this is a non-polled (aka “de-horned”) bovine, I’d say it’s a bull.

    Extrapolating, it’s a bunch of bull.

    However, the bull doesn’t have to stop there – no pun intended. There are three, four or perhaps five choices: 1.) Proceed into the opening; 2.) Proceed to the Right; 3.) Proceed to the Left; 4.) Proceed Backwards, and finally; 5.) Remain standing there.

    The first four choices are actions. The fifth and final choice… is inaction.

    Yet on either side and behind the subject bovine, there is something beyond which we see.

    Poignant indeed.

  4. Anthony Velez  

    Kevin – I guess I am gender dyslexic. So, how does that go again girl/teats, boy/balls?

    And by the way, no thinking outside of the box on this blog. We are all in-the-box thinkers here.

    I printed this up and handed it out to my philosophy students, and one girl actually drew one of the options you mentioned. I think she drew a sign on the wall that pointed right and said something like “this way to freedom.” I gave her an honorary A.

    All this said, my original assertion stands, cows (& bulls) are funny!

  5. K.L.B.  

    Kinda’ reminds me of a radio station where I once worked before changing professions.

    The long-time owner was rightfully proud of a particular bull of his, which earned his owner many, many dollars in stud or “straw” fees. “Straws” are the semen-filled tubes used in AI (artificial insemination). Studs are those vertical wooden members that, when erected, support gypsum wallboard, aka “sheet rock.”

    Anyway… being proud of that bull as he justifiably was, he hired an artist (female) to paint his prize-winning bull.

    Well, the day of the unveiling came and when it was done with great flourish in his office, he was stunned beyond disbelief when she had FAILED to depict the bull’s glorious nutsack – the entire reason for the bull’s value.

    Of course, he required her to make the necessary changes before he paid her the final installment of her fee.

    And while we’re on the bovine thing, the hide pattern (black & white speckles & spots) belongs to a Holstein, which are renown milk producers and naturally polled.

    And what does a bucktoothed cow say?

    A: Moof!