One of the things that I enjoy most about Twitter and Facebook are the cartoons that occasionally get shared that are painfully funny. To explain that oxymoron, they’re usually images or situations that are laugh out loud humorous, but also highlight a painful reality. For today’s post, I thought I’d share some of my recent favourites.
This one is a great example of why equality (treating everyone the same) is often less fair than equity (responding to individual needs in a way that addresses each person’s particular requirements).
This one is a reminder to myself that whingeing and complaining about how hard things might be serves no useful purpose and may even be a barrier to those who simply want to get on with the job. When there’s too much to do, you can only make progress by doing one thing at a time.
Finally for now – this one sums up so much of what I seem to spend my time doing. It’s a kind of picture definition of bureaucracy. When recording the problem on the correct form is more important than fixing the problem, then – Houston, we have a problem!
For today’s post, I am drawing on some of the accumulated wisdom of Facebook that I’be collected over the past couple of years. These are the memes, cartoons and pictures that have either made me laugh, or touched a nerve, or otherwise given me pause for thought.
This first cartoon fits firmly in the laugh out loud category. The look of trepidation on the sock facing the washing machine, and the reassuring appeal of his ‘partner’ to remember the buddy system is beautifully observed.
This second one is both funny, but also touches on a more profound truth for anybody who is involved in education professionally, or who is simply a parent. Children and young people spend far more time being controlled, and exhorted to conform, than being encouraged to develop their creativity and flair. Another favourite meme features the slogan, “In a world of Kardashians, don’t be afraid to be a bit more Bonham Carter”, and appeals to the same principles as the dog cartoon.
For reasons* that I can’t write about today, but that I will almost certainly return to when the time is right in the future, this final Peanuts cartoon carries a particular poignancy at the moment. It gently reminds us that however difficult things may get, life always deserves a chance to win through. That helps me to smile even at very sad times.
* In case anybody is concerned, this is about work rather than anything to do with family or my personal situation.