TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Education of Louis


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#2

I must be missing something, but it seems like Louis did the right thing. Most "blind" people I've met are seriously visually impaired, but, sometimes with a white cane, can make out enough to get around by themselves if given some idea which way they need to go. Heck, even those of us with 20/20 vision will sometimes have to ask a stranger which way Room 214 is.

If Louis feels his error was not inviting the blind kid to make fart noises under his arm or sit next to him on the bus or have dinner at his house, well, maybe a chance for that will come up later. If Louis is thinking he needs to be friends with the 8th grader just because he's blind then Louis is going to do the wrong thing.


#3

Yeah, I'm...not sure what the point is. Louis gives the kid directions and then obsesses about it all day for some reason? Was he supposed to take him by the hand and walk him there?

I'd understand if Louis had pointed and said "that way," but his directions were perfectly valid given that the kid seems to at least be capable of navigating hallways by himself.


#4

Too bad the blind eighth-grader doesn't have a white cane.


#5

If he's competent to walk down the hall without an escort, he shouldn't have any problem with Louis' directions.


#6

My interpretation was that Louis treated the blind student the same as I would have treated any one of my friends, i.e. he gave him bullshit directions.


#7

Note: I was a douche.


#8

I'm not sure the joke is about the blind kid. Note how Louis doesn't interact with anyone all day with a worried look on his face and decides in the last panel that social equality is what "differently abled" people actually want.


#9

Maybe your friends agreed with that assessment, but added, "But he's our douche."


#10

I still don't get the joke. It looks like he spent the day thinking hard about something important.


#11

I have a confession to make:

Every time I don't get the joke in a TtDB comic, I presume that it's a reference to some big story in the news that I've somehow missed.


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