Monday, April 27, 2015

The Moral of the Story

If you've been reading Amphibian.com for the last week, you'll know that I've been doing a parody of the Canterbury Tales. Today's comic is the third story told by the frogs, and it happens to be Business Frog's tale.

Business Frog is a weird character for me. He wasn't part of my original comic idea (I created him just for this shirt I made for my brother), but he gets a lot of screen time in the comics (he was the central character in the 5-part Christmas poem and the star of my GitHub Game Off entry). He is also the most upbeat of all the frogs. I've only shown him frowning once, and that was more fear than sadness. And today his story is the only one to have a "real" moral. Like most of the tales told by Chaucer's pilgrims, there was some moral - but before today they've just been silly. I think I use Business Frog for the deep stuff as a contrast to the lack of moral integrity I see in the real business world. Business Frog learns and gets it right because I want business humans to learn and get it right.

Too often, humans get it wrong.

I don't have any cool code tricks to showcase today because last week I didn't do much coding. On Thursday I did something infinitely more important and adopted the foster child who's been living in my home for the past 2 and a half years. She is a wonderful child, now 15 years old, who's been hurt by a broken world and is on a slow road to recovery. I am responsible for her now, but in a sense we're all responsible for what happened to her. We live in a world where we see our leaders put profits before people and teach us that self-interest is the best interest. We celebrate financial success and absurd narcissism.

That's the kind of stuff I think about when I make a comic using a frog wearing a necktie. Actually, I think about that stuff pretty much all the time. It's just that sometimes I am making a comic using a frog wearing a necktie. Am I crazy?

Absolutely.

Amphibian.com comic for 27 April 2015