Advice From The Comic Hack 164 – The Closure, Koans and James Earl Jones Edition

Mar 11

Advice From The Comic Hack 164 – The Closure, Koans and James Earl Jones Edition

Many, many sources erroneously attribute this quote – “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned” to sixth –to-fourth century BCE wise guy Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha. Funny Story – It turns out history’s second-most-famous jolly-fat-man never said it.    In our modern times we often look for answers in the weirdest places. Ancient tomes, Eastern wisdom or Doctor-of-god-knows-what freaking Phil have all become sources of quips, koans and fortune cookie guidance. Now you can add me to that list. In bed.  If you didn’t know – a “koan” is defined as: a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment. As a philosopher, adviser and guru I stick with logic but I DO tend to swear more and use a bunch more genital references in guiding my Darling Readers towards enlightenment. Actual Buddhist Monk, as well as teacher, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh has opined that “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” But Your humble Comic Hack isn’t completely convinced that that fortune cookie rings true. In today’s Column a Darling Reader wants my advice on confronting her crappy father and gaining a sense of closure.  My answer might involve looking within for answers. It might also involve Arsenic. Read on to see if I lead this reader on a gilded path or not. Also – I LOVED getting this newest question. You can (and should) submit questions for me to answer in future columns by emailing them to advicequestions@comichacksguide.com  I am not sure if this is your area of expertise, but I needed someone who is not in the situation to advise me on what to do. I have never done this before and I am a little terrified, but here goes. I have not talked to my father in fifteen years (I have actually seen him in this time frame after his mother passed and around town; he tends to dodge both me and my little brother). My mother has essentially raised me as a single parent since I was...

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