Puff the Magic DragonSubmitted by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 13:11
This link is to a children's TV show called, "Puff the Magic Dragon".
Johnny Draper, AKA Johnny Paper, has an anti-social issue so the family calls in the town's doctors who declare him a hopeless case- totally unfit for normal interaction in society. One doctor tells them they might hope for a miracle, but the other doctors make it known they frown on that. The doctors solve nothing.
I think it's fair to say that in today's America, this kid would be put on antidepressants, increasing his chances to someday commit suicide or worse (you fill in the blank).
In the end, the child learned he had to see the world not at face value, but deeper than that, face his fears, and come to realize he has more power than he imagined.
Johnny's problem was not physical, the problem was emotional and possibly spiritual. Therefore this seems logical- If you have a physical ailment, you go to physical therapy. If you have an emotional malady, then you might seek spiritual and/or emotional therapy.
It's a thought provoking cartoon. I saw many parallels to several different issues facing us today.
Also worth noting- In the year 2000 Peter Yarrow (co-creator of Puff the Magic Dragon), from Peter Paul and Mary, started a program called "Operation Respect" which was intended to curb school violence through education of tolerance of others. I'm not sure Mr. Yarrow is a liberty person or not, but those ideas play into the "Live and Let Live" principles in a free society.