It’s all about control, really. Control through distraction. Make people passionate about things that don’t matter. Get them all riled up, manage their expectations, and get them focused on anything but what really matters. And I promise you that stuff like this, it doesn’t matter. So what if your team gets promotion? They’ll still start next season with zero points, they’ll just be playing against different teams. Nothing really changes, nothing really matters. Heck, even if we won the World Cup, what would it matter? Would it make a difference to your life? Maybe you’d have a spring in your step for a day or two, maybe you’d rib the German guy at work about it, but would it really matter? Would it change your life?

It’s not just sport, of course, it’s entertainment. Just think of the hours, days, weeks, months even, that have been wasted actually caring about who wins X-Factor or American Idol or any other of these shows. Does it matter? How can it? Even the winners often don’t really get any sort of career out of it. How long have these shows been on air and how many winners can you actually name? And how many of them currently have careers in the music industry?

None of it matters.

We pour our lives into endless arguments about comic books, TV shows and movies. Oh, movies, how we wail and gnash our teeth! Especially those of us who read comics. Why does it matter if the movie version gets it right or not? It doesn’t change anything. A good movie doesn’t validate us as comic book fans.

People care too much about things that don’t matter, while awful, terrible people get away with the most horrible things.

These things aren’t worth dying for.

They aren’t worth killing for.

They aren’t worth killing for…

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Ian Sharman
Ian is a freelance writer and artist. He founded Orang Utan Comics Studio with Peter Rogers in 2006, writes for their Eagle Award Nominated anthology Eleventh Hour and regularly inks for Panini’s Marvel Heroes comic.
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