And again Patrick is pointed out on his BS by his sister. The little turd is a responsibility-avoiding, whiny, idiotic little addict. Take some responsibility for your own goddamn life you stupid pos.
She has a point, but tragedy one-upmanship isn't the best argument. And it makes sense she'd take their parents' side, they reserved their passive aggressive needles for Patrick. He needs to hear this, but he wasn't exactly wrong either.
"Our brains only have one scale, and we resize our experiences to match it."
Not fair of her to try and throw her own experiences at him like that, like they are supposed to change how he feels about his own. He's struggling to cope with the problems in his life and his own emotions, and there is no way to judge those by some external scale.
He doesn't need this. He needs supportive friends and someone to teach him better coping mechanisms. He's never going to get off drugs if life is shitty without them, and he doesn't learn how to handle his pain in healthier ways.
Honestly this is the thing about Patrick; he's not dumb, he's just incredibly self-destructing. Just like Michelle. Patrick is exactly the kind of people who must never try drugs.They are incapable of restraint and deep down just want oblivion
I guess I don't see how this would serve as a wake up call, he's already aware of the problems, he just doesn't want to deal with them.
Especially with that last line, she crossses over into personal attack, that's how you shut the other person down completely and ruin any chance they might have listened to you. She's not taking his problems as seriously as he does, he's not going to listen to someone who from his perspective is dismissive and minimalizing his life. You can't beat someone into seeing things your way, you have to work with them.
Michelle, of all people, is the one to tell him this. He got robbed, yeah, but he didn't fear getting robbed every day of his life for two years, and his betrayer never threatened to kill him. When she left her attacker, she was in the same place Patrick was. Little money, little clothing, but she pushed through and worked to get back to where she's at. Meanwhile, what did he do?
And shutting someone down with that whole "You wouldn't understand" bit is one of the most infuriating things I've ever encountered. It's not that Michelle wouldn't understand, it's that Patrick doesn't feel like explaining it, or more likely, he doesn't actually have any justification.
Good on you, Mr. Twist. I'm excited to see where this goes.
So I'm finding it somewhat hard to pick a side here. It really seems that neither of them is completely in the right. Michelle does have valid points. I tend to agree that drugs are going to do more harm than good, and it is also true that the situations that Patrick is in are not worse than hers.
However, comparing his situation to hers is not super valid, because what some people are strong enough to power through, people with mental illness sometimes just cannot. When I was depressed, the thing that someone said that hurt me more than anything else was that they pulled themself out of depression, and the only reason that I couldn't was that I didn't try hard enough.
On the other other hand, in my situation the person who said that to me was in my life for a long time and constantly said that my depression was my own doing, even after I had been trying hard to pull myself out of it for the whole time that I knew him. Patrick may still have the ability to take this as a wake-up call.
I have to admit, the fact that (Michelle? Melanie? I lost track of this particular character's name, I thought Michelle was Wiley's roommate) uses invalid arguments make the writing feel more genuine. People aren't always going to say the right thing. Isn't that the point? None of these people have acted wisely or well, but she's still reaching out, and that means something. Whether it will have the effect on Patrick, I doubt, because I agree that Patrick tends to avoid responsibility.
Personally, I've found the characters in this webcomic some of the most relatable I've seen anywhere. You're doing excellent work, Mr. Twist. Thank you for sharing it with us.
What is missing in all this judgement of character for Melanie is that she was trying to understand, but Patrick is being bitchy and insisting she wouldn't, as if in his mind she's just a spoiled daddy's princess. In this case, she is totally right in calling bullshit.
What I find interesting in the reaction to this particular scene, is how quickly people (readers) tend to pick sides. Not all do, but a lot seem to react to it based on their own experiences and believes. I still recall the last time that happened with the Lauren and Sam jealousy subplot when comments got so out of hand (because the side-picking turned into veritable hate-speeches) that Mr. Twist was forced to shut the entire comic section down. I am hoping for a little more reflection this time and the awareness that often, there isn't a recipe to do things right.