“Sufferin succotash!” – as Sylvester Cat might say. I recently was prodded by some friends to do this online Facebook quiz , “Which Cartoon Character Are You?” It seems I am most like Velma from “Scooby-doo, Where are you”.
Seriously?!?!?! I always thought I was more of a Sylvester Cat. Don’t really know why but Sylvester was always a bit of a nice guy deep down even when he was trying to lunch on Tweety-pie.
But the truth be told, cartoon characters have been influential in my life. My first role model during my formative early teens was Linus van Pelt. Linus introduced me to pop psychology, philosophy, and the importance of ambition while remaining humble.
The next cartoon character to impact my life was Curls, the self-styled “Master of Sarcastic Wit”. Curls seemed to make it cool to be smart and intellectual. Unfortunately, it also made me become more arrogant and I soon learned that sarcasm can be hurtful. I don’t think that was Curl’s fault but my own immaturity. I thought that sarcasm made me cool and everyone else more dumb. I now realise that the smart ones are those who are humble enough to know they don’t know everything while the dumb ones are the ones who are confident they know it all.
When I eventually decided to become a
movie star billionaire Olympic champion scientist ( a world famous but humble little country scientist that is), my new cartoon inspiration were the assorted characters from the fertile mind of Gary Larson. He helped keep me grounded in the real world instead of locking myself in an ivory tower by reminding me to laugh at myself.
However, later in my working life, I started to work in an NGO. Although my work was still more scientific in nature, I was also required to work with government agencies and politicians. As a result, I found myself floundering in a sea of bureaucracy and politics which I was not really used to. During this time, a cartoon that never made any sense to me before, suddenly became crystal clear. The wacky world of Dilbert had become my reality. To survive in this unfamiliar territory, I took to read “Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook”. Here is a sample of what I believe was my daily challenge at work.
What cartoon character are you? Or which cartoon character has been a source of wisdom and inspiration for you?
(Editor’s Notes:- 1. “Succotash” is a Native American word for broken corn kernels. Apparently it was a common form of food during the Great Depression as it was relatively cheap. 2. The banner on top of the post is that of “Secret Squirrel” who is clearly a role model for LGS but if I tell you more, I would have to kill you).