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Clueless #7

Figure out what this is with no hints whatsoever.
This one might be pretty hard (or impossible).
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First submittedDecember 14, 2014
Last updatedApril 10, 2019
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What
the
syndicate
wanted
to
do,
in
other
words,
was
turn
my
comic
strip
into
everything
calculated,
empty
and
robotic
that
I
hated
about
my
old
job.
They
would
turn
my
characters
into
television
hucksters
and
t-shirt
sloganeers
and
deprive
me
of
characters
that
actually
expressed
my
own
thoughts.
On
those
terms,
I
found
the
offer
easy
to
refuse.
Unfortunately,
the
syndicate
also
found
my
refusal
easy
to
refuse,
and
we've
been
fighting
for
over
three
years
now.
Such
is
American
business,
I
guess,
where
the
desire
for
obscene
profit
mutes
any
discussion
of
conscience.
You
will
find
your
own
ethical
dilemmas
in
all
parts
of
your
lives,
both
personal
and
professional.
We
all
have
different
desires
and
needs,
but
if
we
don't
discover
what
we
want
from
ourselves
and
what
we
stand
for,
we
will
live
passively
and
unfulfilled.
Sooner
or
later,
we
are
all
asked
to
compromise
ourselves
and
the
things
we
care
about.
We
define
ourselves
by
our
actions.
With
each
decision,
we
tell
ourselves
and
the
world
who
we
are.
Think
about
what
you
want
out
of
this
life,
and
recognize
that
there
are
many
kinds
of
success.
Many
of
you
will
be
going
on
to
law
school,
business
school,
medical
school,
or
other
graduate
work,
and
you
can
expect
the
kind
of
starting
salary
that,
with
luck,
will
allow
you
to
pay
off
your
own
tuition
debts
within
your
own
lifetime.
But
having
an
enviable
career
is
one
thing,
and
being
a
happy
person
is
another.
Creating
a
life
that
reflects
your
values
and
satisfies
your
soul
is
a
rare
achievement.
In
a
culture
that
relentlessly
promotes
avarice
and
excess
as
the
good
life,
a
person
happy
doing
his
own
work
is
usually
considered
an
eccentric,
if
not
a
subversive.
Ambition
is
only
understood
if
it's
to
rise
to
the
top
of
some
imaginary
ladder
of
success.
Someone
who
takes
an
undemanding
job
because
it
affords
him
the
time
to
pursue
other
interests
and
activities
is
considered
a
flake.
A
person
who
abandons
a
career
in
order
to
stay
home
and
raise
children
is
considered
not
to
be
living
up
to
his
potential --
as
if
a
job
title
and
salary
are
the
sole
measures
of
human
worth.
You'll
be
told
in
a
hundred
ways,
some
subtle
and
some
not,
to
keep
climbing,
and
never
be
satisfied
with
where
you
are,
who
you
are,
and
what
you're
doing.
There
are
a
million
ways
to
sell
yourself
out,
and
I
guarantee
you'll
hear
about
them.
To
invent
your
own
life's
meaning
is
not
easy,
but
it's
still
allowed,
and
I
think
you'll
be
happier
for
the
trouble.
Bill
Watterson
 
Kenyon
College
Commencement
 
1990
 
 
+1
level 72
Dec 14, 2014
You choose some pretty cool pieces.
+1
level 62
Dec 14, 2014
I hung an excerpt from this on my wall at my last job

I wanted to keep this quiz too 500 words, so I took only a portion of this writing. Once you've seen the answer, I encourage anyone so inclined to google pieces of it to find the full work. There were many other parts I wanted to include, and I think the context gives the words more weight.
+1
level 49
Dec 14, 2014
I was trying to read it vertically and was very confused.
+1
level 83
Feb 9, 2015
I believe Watterson said 'sole measure,' not 'sole measures,' which may be more grammatically correct.
+1
level 62
Feb 9, 2015
:) Nice attention to detail. He did say "sole measure". I changed it to "measures" because it agrees with the two items, "title" and "salary", and also the verb "are". I can change the type-in to accept the singular, I suppose, to match what he actually said.