Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Group 8, 008-01 The Comic Strip Philosophy Group – Shonda’s Contribution
My group is analyzing the philosophy found in comic strips. The comic that I have chosen is Andy Capp, which focuses on the life of a cartoon character and his interactions with his family and community.
The specific strip that I have chosen depicts a local politician knocking on doors, asking for votes. Andy asks him why he should vote for him and the M.P. replies that he is interested in reforming the justice system. It then shows Andy walking through his living room and telling his wife who was at the door, to which she replies “Oh, have they let him out on bail?”
This specific strip speaks to Machiavellian leadership and self-interest, both of which are common in today’s society.
The M.P. clearly shows little regard for the justice system and only seeks to reform it to his benefit. He wants to appear likeable and concerned with the wants and needs of the citizens, but only in so far as it wins him votes and gets him to where he wants to be. He seeks to lead, but does not hold himself to the same ethical standards of those around him. He sees no harm in seeking votes on the ethical grounds of reforming the justice system, even though he was just let out on bail for an offense of some sort.
The wife’s response shows us the general attitude of society, in accepting that this sort of behavior is common place with our leaders. She is not depicted as being upset by this at all, or shocked, showing us that most are resigned to the fact that this is how things are. Our society does not demand or force change upon its leaders. We seem to have forgotten that our votes change laws, change the way that things are and in fact, that we as the people set the standards for what is allowable and what is not in our countries and in our governments.
The Machiavellian leadership that exists, only exists because we as a society allow it to. Which raises the question, is this acceptable and why have we become so ok with it? Why are we not shocked by this sort of behavior from our local officials and why aren’t we doing something about it?