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Conviction is an interesting thing. There seems to be two types: That which is based on ignorance, and that which is based on experience. I’d like to say that conviction based on experience is superior to ignorance, but that depends a lot on what people take from their experiences, and how limited the experiences are. Although, I suppose a conviction based on a limited set of experiences is still based on ignorance.

Having conviction can make a person powerful. They’re free of doubts, unwavering in focus, and able to make sacrifices necessary to achieve a goal. These are also the same traits that make a person dangerous. Or, in some cases, just extremely foolish.

When I was in High School, I thought that the only people that were going to be happy in life were the ones that went to College. I was very judgmental of anyone that wasn’t intending to go, exceptionally driven to get in, and once there, to get a degree as fast as possible. However, once I got out, I realized that I’d been so focused on getting through the program that I hadn’t enjoyed much of my time there. Furthermore, I found that having a degree didn’t make me happy, nor having a job based on that degree. It made me completely rethink where happiness came from, where my passion lay, and what I needed to do in order to achieve happiness. Now I no longer have the faith and certainty that college is right for everyone, or even that it was right for me. I’ve lost that conviction, but in a way I find the uncertainty more fulfilling.

What do you feel conviction for? How has it changed with experience?

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Ooh, I like the style of this page. I’m always jealous when comics artists get to make exposition interesting by changing the art style. =/

(I’m that way about college, too. I liked college quite a bit because it allowed me to explore a bunch of different interests, and I’ve picked up quite a few skills in a degree where that is supposed to be really difficult. But it’s definitely not right for everyone. My husband’s experience with the chem program was terrible because they concentrated on sending people to grad school to do research when he just wanted to work in industry. They had no answer for that kind of person.)

I don’t really like the word “conviction” because, to me, it implies a belief in something, and beliefs so often turn out to be wrong. But I suppose I do have a conviction for social justice. I tell myself that it’s okay because I have a hard time picturing how treating everybody like people could be a bad thing.

Glad you like the style change! It’s nice to do something different every now and again.

It’s really interesting at how negative a connotation “conviction” has, considering that having a strong belief in something can be, in many situations, a very positive thing. I think it’s become associated with a lack of flexibility and a limitation of vision, which will, in a long enough time period, cause harm.

Gotta keep this short, oh my–during the ongoing search for help for migraines, I have found that I have ADD (at 60), and the medication is GREAT–AND I have had to upend working notions about my life. I was treated like a “genius” ever since I can remember, skipping grades, getting degrees early, PhD, blah blah.

I just made a friend who also was diagnosed with ADD late. Get this: as a child we both reacted with the same incomprehension to a lousy math workbook in 2d grade, and while I got furious, sneaked it home, and struggled till I did the WHOLE thing, crying my eyes out and cursing the whole time, she just cried her eyes out. Result: I was moved ahead a grade, she was called a slow learner, she felt bad about school, did poorly, didn’t go to college. (Note: anger is a symptom.) Now she’s a great caterer with a lovely cafe but still has self esteem problems. I guess I never believed the hype anyway–people just thought I was strange–but now I am so relieved to be out of the dark. And I’m determined to help others who could be suffering, because my friend and I both suffered in different ways for no good reasons.

Conviction, eh? A kind of blind certainty. I’m always wary of that in myself and others. If there’s no room for doubt, there’s no room for growth or change. People who seem to be convinced of things tend to pull those of us with a modicum of doubt along in their wake, because uncertainty isn’t quite as comfortable as conviction and a lot of us really prefer to be comfortable.

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” and “Ya neeeever know!” are a couple of my mottos.

I always longed to go to college.To have that college degree under my belt. I even did a two year accelerated Commercial Art college course. No one ever asks me for my diploma (which is a good thing since I lost it in a move). They look at my work, they look at the kind of person I am to work with, and if I suit, they hire me.

I find I still long for the College degree, even though I don’t really need it. The power of social pressure I guess. I’d like to belong to that club. The internet makes it moot now though. So yeah. Things change, we change and conviction is no substitute for passion.

And now I’ll stop rambling. lol

Looking forward to getting my kickstarter Leylines hardcover. :`D

I definitely can relate to that social pressure for a degree. I have no art education whatsoever, so I have a lot of trouble around “real artists” because I feel like an imposter in their ranks. My degree is in Engineering. My passion and my practice couldn’t be farther from that degree.

My conviction issues are centered around my faith, and the challenges I recieve for believing what I believe. It doesn’t make me waver, but I do have a hard time getting others to understand that not only have I thoroughly thought this choice and all its implications through, but I am perfectly okay with the idea of burning in the fiery infernal of hell if I die and find out I’m wrong- I have that much conviction in my faith. I also find it annoying when people have so much conviction that their way is the only way, that they can’t even imagine the concept that they could be the ones who are wrong.

“You need to find Jesus, cause what if you die and find out you are going to hell?”

“I am ready to take responsibility for whatever my beliefs render me. Now, what if you die and find out YOU are wrong?”

“Don’t be silly, Jesus is the only way…”

O.o Sigh.

*giggles* This comment kinda sorta made my day. I have faith, and I suppose conviction, that my religion is right…/for me / I am 100% convinced it isn’t for everyone; how could it be? We’re all different! But I remember working in a Christian bookstore and hearing that conversation ALL THE TIME. I never made a secret of my beliefs; I’m not ashamed of them, and thus I dealt with the consequences. Conviction isn’t a bad thing-really and truly, even if I don’t always agree with them. I’m glad some people are completely devout Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sihks, Buddhists, Taoists, and every other religion out there. I’m Pagan. I’m different, and it suits me well. The world would be a much poorer place for the loss of any of those beliefs. Each and everyone has shaped some aspect of our lives either directly or indirectly. I love the differences, the complexities, the contradictions from one to another. It’s beautiful in a way nothing else can ever be, because nothing shapes a person like their religion & beliefs. So I suppose a better answer is that I have a conviction that religion; and the beliefs that accompany them, are one of the most important aspects of life. It isn’t a drive to proselytize, nor is it really something I can do much about. But that belief shapes a good deal about who and what I am as a person.

I’ve had my share of frustration with conversations that boil down to “I believe I’m right because I believe I’m right.” I find that no matter what your faith is in – from Jesus to SCIENCE!!! – people will use “belief” as an excuse not to question, or think critically, about what they’re insisting others should accept. I find a belief that has been considered, examined, doubted, and re-affirmed, even one that I disagree with, to be far more interesting and compelling than one that has been adopted blindly.

Cassandra, I’m pagan as well :p But my daughter is shaping up to be a Catholic O.o It confuses my friends when they hear me yelling ‘You are not wearing THAT to church!’ or ‘Did you do your rosary, do you even know where it is?’ :p They don’t expect me to be accepting of what she chooses to be :p I have a lot of fun confusing them, too, I won’t lie..

Robin, I agree. I honestly don’t have a problem with any one’s beliefs as long as they know WHY they believe that, and let me believe what I want as well.

The depiction of the chieftain’s memories (and the style change) conveys a lot, we often remember historic enemies as faceless, akin to unhuman alien invaders, and chieftain is no exception. Reminds me of how older people in Alabama remember the Union soldiers invading… and probably how people remember Vikings, Mongols, Huns, etc., each becoming a cultural meme for faceless invader.

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