Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Thursday, November 18, 2004  

This is true.

I wish I'd thought of this comment by Harry at Tim Blair's on cartoons instigated by Lileks comments on his Bleat.

Wile E. Coyote is a mythic fusion of Sisyphus and Tantalus. He is doomed to labor eternally at a task that he can never complete, tormented all the while by the presence of the sustenance he craves (the Road Runner) just outside his reach, but close enough to see, hear, and even smell. He is continually subjected to agonizing pain and massively crippling injuries, but he can never die; instead, he heals instantaneously and is forced to continue his hopeless efforts.

In short, Wile E. Coyote is in Hell -- a Hell as cruel and sadistic as anything that Dante envisioned. Is it any wonder that the students at Tim's party were traumatized by being forced to watch video footage of the Coyote's unending torment? Who wouldn't beg for it to stop?

I always wondered why I found the Road Runner cartoons infinitely irritating.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:45 PM |