Friday, March 11, 2011

Comic Moment of the Week - Parenting

The thing about The Walking Dead is that these characters are all selfish by necessity. It's reality. The last page of this month's issue brings us back to this reality after a time where they were trying to build a community. This moment is about survival and that's not a community activity.
The Walking Dead #82

As a parent, this is about as real as it gets. There's no doubt that Rick has, and likely will, given up a lot for the good of the group. But never at the expense of Carl and always, clearly, only as far as it is in Carl's best interest to do so. I recently was thinking about this very idea and how as a parent, your decisions are really very simple to make. It's always about what's in the best interest of your child. Of course, because it's easy to make the decisions, it doesn't make it easy to carry out. The reality of possibly leaving a bunch of good people you care about to die in order to save your child is something I'm sure will be explored by Kirkman in Walking Dead.

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