Tags: Chinese Food, chopsticks, 筷子, marriage This entry was posted on Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 12:00 am and is filed under Comics.
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I don’t think chopsticks make the best marriage analogy because one chopstick by itself is incomplete; it can’t be or do what it was created to be/do (be used for food) without another — like that horrible, deservedly-mocked “You complete me” line from Jerry McGuire, which is a recipe for relational dysfunction. It takes two *whole* people to make a whole marriage, not two incomplete, half-people who are dependent on the other for their sense of basic identity and self-worth. That kind of neediness is bad news, and hinders each person from being free enough to truly love the other person unselfishly. Loving someone for the rest of your life because you freely *choose* to is giving love as a free gift. Marrying someone because you “need” them is selfish and suffocating and dysfunctional. Doesn’t mean you can’t make it work out in the end, but I have no doubt which way is better, and more fun. Anyway, that’s my 两毛’s worth!
(I realize this takes the chopsticks thing in a way different direction than the point of the comic, which is cute.)
Wow. Joel, you really analyzed this comic. Great! I would agree with you. I saw this quote going around Twitter for a while and thought I’d make it into a comic. But I do agree with you that the idea that one chopstick by itself cannot work. I wonder if Chinese have long discussions about this around the table… anyone?
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