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Great comic art is never other-wordly, it does not seek to mystify us, and it does not deny ambiguity by branding as evil whatever differs from good. Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or tran-scend them by appeals to extrasocial symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is a social moment, born out of the conviction that we are human, even though we try to be gods. The comic community to which artists address themselves is a community of reasoning, loving, joyful, compassionate beings, who are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally. Without invoking gods or demons, great comic art arouses courage in reason, courage which grows out of trust in what human   beings can do as humans.

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The passage suggests that great comic art can be characterized as optimistic about the ability of humans to

  • A rid themselves of pride
  • B transcend the human condition
  • C differentiate clearly between good and evil
  • D avoid social conflicts
  • E act rationally

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