The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

The core, continued

I am OK. But there's nothing like a bout of anxiety to make you appreciate why so many people asked, begged, to be lobotomized. Because for some people that feeling never did go away, and anything seemed preferable. Literally anything. That's why I get annoyed with those who dismiss lobotomy across the board as nothing but butchery performed on unwilling subjects: there's an ablism at the heart of this belief, an inability to accept that yes, some people really do suffer that much. You have to do something for them, and in 1943 the most popular non-psychosurgical options were religion, alcohol, permanent incarceration, and suicide.

So my point in this panel is that Walter is a comforting presence to the afflicted, as indeed he is said to have been. Even Doctor Three mentions his father's comforting presence during childhood illnesses, though in the same breath he comes as close as he ever does to saying that his father couldn't love: "He would always come and comfort me, see me through the night...but it was not the same kind of warmth that just came naturally to my mother." My point is not that Walter is trying to make me feel worse by suggesting that perhaps my anxiety will never diminish, though I realize now that it might come across that way. Maybe the ambiguity is good. After all he is hardly unambiguously comforting. As difficult as this may be to believe, many people think of him as downright creepy!
Tags: anxiety, doctor three, gruesome historical information, stix, walter freeman
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