Darwin and Everything After
  • Copacetic
    July 22, 2010

    I never wanted to move forward.

    Personal development is just another way of admitting that you were wrong.

  • stok3r
    July 22, 2010

    Oh god I’ve thought of this before, but never thought of those selves being valid as well. I’ve always thought that maturity was realizing that our past selves were idiots.

  • Esn
    July 22, 2010

    Going back through your old artwork is an excellent way to unintentionally begin thinking about this… especially if your “old self” did something that you like better than what you’re doing now. Looking back can be interesting, but is so depressing at times…

    Staying in the present or future is more fun.

  • Erica
    July 22, 2010

    I was just thinking this morning that this is exactly why I wouldn’t want a tattoo, an indelible mark of a past self

  • Mike
    July 22, 2010

    I’m with Erica. … But I have never been able to decide if that’s healthy, or very much not healthy.

    I certainly wish I could quit remembering some past selves.

    Either way, I guess, the present is where it’s at, whether you like it or not… ha.

  • Emily
    July 22, 2010

    It’s always sobering when C&G takes one of my recurrent rants and says it as concisely as I never manage to. In 7th grade I wrote a letter to future versions of myself, with the sole purpose of acknowledging that they will be different versions, but they shouldn’t be dismissive or pretentious of that version, and remember that 7th grade me was a valid person, not invalidated by change, and that the letter was to be a permanent reminder of that.
    It’s actually incredibly annoying, as things written by a 7th grade self are wont to be, but I can never delete it…

  • Brian
    July 23, 2010

    August and Everything After, the song ( http://everything2.org/user/Two+Sheds/writeups/August+and+Everything+After ), they left off the album of the same name. Appropriate enough reference for a strip about not being a part of yourself.

  • Fight Club
    July 23, 2010

    “Self improvement is masturbation. Self-destruction is the answer.” -Tyler Durden

  • sheila
    July 23, 2010

    If THIS guy (http://tiktaalik.uchicago.edu/meetTik.html) hadn’t stepped out of the water 375 million years ago, we’d have all spent the day swimming. :(

  • Niha
    July 24, 2010

    I often think of my past selves. Some of them wrote better than me…

  • steve duncan
    July 26, 2010

    My past self got laid more than my present self. I resent my memory of him for it. Now KY is just a state abbreviation.

  • dani
    July 26, 2010

    Reminds me of the promises in 12-step programs… “we will not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it.” Hard to have personal growth when it’s being chased by shame and regret of who we were and the parts of us that are still working on that stuff!

  • queasy
    July 26, 2010

    evolution does not adapt things toward perfection or “better” states, only towards a state thats better for coping the present

  • Ailu
    July 29, 2010

    Love it. As Erica, I wouldn’t like a tatoo over my body. But the first reason is, I don’t want the pain of the needles on my skin. And, of course, the mark of the past self seems dangerous…

  • Howlin' Hobbit
    August 6, 2010

    the last two things Cat says sound like the tag line for a song. I believe I may have to just write said song.

    great one, Ms D!

  • micaupe
    August 25, 2010

    those aren’t carhartts

  • Jay
    September 12, 2010

    “The Blicero I loved was a very young man, in love with empire, poetry, his own arrogance. Those all must have been important to me once. What I am now grew from that. A former self is a fool, an insufferable ass, but he’s still human, you’d no more turn him out than you’d turn out any kind of cripple, would you?” — Gravity’s Rainbow, p660

    “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” — R&G Are Dead

  • Copacetic
    October 2, 2010


    And we all know what happened to Enzian in the end.

    Or, um, wait…?

    R&G didn’t find much solace either.

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