I saw this tweeted earlier, and it really resonated with me.
Chuck Jones’ original rules for the Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner cartoon. pic.twitter.com/L45bSBpg2B— Andrey Butov (@andrey_butov) December 8, 2015
It’s been bouncing around the Internet for some time now, but I only saw it today. It’s quite interesting – let’s break it down a bit.
The really interesting part, I think, is the coyote’s chase of the Road Runner as a metaphor for our own pursuit of happiness. The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote are one-in-the-same, their constant struggle represents the struggle we have on a day-to-day basis to be happy.
Think about it: consider the coyote as the part of yourself that is always chasing “happiness.” Now think about the following rules:
“No outside force can harm the coyote – only his own ineptitude…”
“The coyote could stop any time…”
“The coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.”
We all struggle to be happy, but pursuit of happiness itself will always be fruitless. The coyote could stop chasing the Road Runner, but it’s all he’s ever known. But unlike the coyote, we do have a choice. We can stop, and we can realize that most of our pain is self-inflicted. We have a choice the coyote does not, and it would be a shame not to take the wiser path – to stop chasing happiness and maybe you’ll actually catch it.