Gene Wilder: A Tribute Cartoon

"Gene Wilder" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Gene Wilder” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

R.I.P. Gene Wilder. You could make me laugh.

I’ve been coming across posts of Christians doing their best to convince everybody that even though Wilder was a good man that brought joy to many people, he was nevertheless a Jewish-Buddhist-Atheist, and because of that won’t be in Heaven.

This is why I draw these kinds of cartoons. I don’t draw these because I believe in a literal Heaven or angels, etcetera, but to challenge a religious mind that divides one against another and separates those who are “in” from those who are “out”.

In other words, I use our popular symbols to challenge the ideologies they represent.

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7 Responses

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    Ahhh, keeping with the ecumenical skepticism, maybe adding to the silly religious imagery by adding a a few Buddhist Bodhisattvas and a couple Islamic Jinn rolling in the clouds laughing would have been fun! 😉

    Gene did have an angelic face, didn’t he?

    Since there ain’t no resting in peace, I tried to come up with another saying:
    May his impact palpably resonate for decades to come while it beautifully fades into our inherited cultures.
    Hell, R.I.P. is easier !! 😉

  2. Brigitte says:

    Nirvana is the state of final liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. It is also therefore the end of suffering. The literal meaning of the word is “to extinguish,” in the way that a fire goes out when it runs out of fuel. In the Surangama, the Buddha describes Nirvana as the place in which:

    it is recognized that there is nothing but what is seen of the mind itself; where, recognizing the nature of the self-mind, one no longer cherishes the dualisms of discrimination; where there is no more thirst nor grasping; where there is no more attachment to external things. But all these descriptions only tell us what is not Nirvana. What is it like? Is it like heaven, or is it non-existence? The answer is not clear, due in large part to the Buddha’s aversion to metaphysics and speculation. When he was asked such questions, he merely replied that it was “incomprehensible, indescribable, inconceivable, unutterable.”

    ——— I am not sure that there will be joking in Nirwana.

  3. Kris799 says:

    The love of Christ rears it ugly head once again.

    Cool to know he practiced Buddhism. I have really found the meditations I do as part of my practice to be increase my mindfulness and reduce stress and anxiety.

  4. I like Judaism. I like Buddhism. I like Atheism.

  5. Brigitte says:

    If Judaism, Buddhism, Atheism don’t have a heaven, and you don’t believe in heaven, why does it hurt any of them or you that someone is said not to go to heaven? — The Muslim says that I am lost and damned. It does not bother me in the slightest what Mohammed says about my next life. The Pope excommunicated Luther and made him a heretic. It does not bother me, either, except for the division in Christendom. The gospel calls all to believe in the mercy of God in Christ. If they don’t believe it or don’t want it, then they can’t be forced and won’t be forced. Or a Buddhist might say that I will be reborn some lowly animal. I don’t believe it and it does not bother me at all, if he says it.

    “According to Buddhism, our lives and all that occurs in our lives is a result of Karma. Every action creates a new karma, this karma or action is created with our body, our speech or our mind and this action leaves a subtle imprint on our mind which has the potential to ripen as future happiness or future suffering, depending on whether the action was positive or negative.

    If we bring happiness to people, we will be happy. If we create suffering, we will experience suffering either in this life or in a future one.

    This is called the Law of Karma, or the Law of Cause and Effect. Karmic law will lead the spirit of the dead to be reborn, in realms which are suitable appropriate to their karmic accumulations.

    According to His Holiness, the 14 th Dali Lama of Tibet, that to cultivate the good karma, our good actions are an excellent way prepare for our death. Not performing evil deeds, keeping our heart and mind pure, doing no harm, no killing, sexual misconduct or lying, not using drugs or alcohol has very positive merit which enable us to die as we have lived.”

    I have not lived a “pure” life and I will not rely on the Karma to do me good. I am not worried. You can tell me all about it.

  6. Caryn LeMur says:

    When I heard of Gene passing, I could only remember how hard I laughed during Blazing Saddles.

    What innocent face, and wild manic comedy….. loved him!

    Miss him already. And thank you David, for honoring Gene with a cartoon.

  7. Blazing Saddles is great! And thanks!

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