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  1. The memo or report presumably was on a normal quotidian sublunary matter of business, that until recently might have been important.

  2. It’s a portmanteau picture. There’s the office, and there’s also the cosmos. “The grand scheme” is often suggesting “cosmically”.

  3. Contracting and paraphrasing Terry Pratchett’s DEATH in Hogfather: “Stars explode, worlds collide, there’s hardly anywhere in the universe where humans can live without being frozen or fried, and yet you believe that a [desk, chairs, boss and underling, business environment*] is a… a normal thing. It is the most amazing talent.”

    *the original is “bed”.

    However, I don’t think DEATH thinks that in the grand scheme of things none of this matters – inventing beds and “Justice. Mercy. Duty. That sort of thing” (and institutions and rules and the economy) and behaving as though they matter is the essence of being human: “Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape […] You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?”

  4. I see it as the exact opposite as Mitch4.

    The memo was about the desk and office and business floating into space. But in the grand scheme of things in the universe it (and nothing in our lives) matter. Business is just going to flubuster through no matter what happens… and all memos will be ignored and dismissed.

  5. Cornered’s shtick seems to mostly be putting a business office twist or spin on common sayings. I can see an underling bringing an idea to management that he is really excited about just to get shot down. “In the grand scheme of things, this really doesn’t matter” is something a manager would say about something they think is trivial in regards to the whole enterprise. Visually, for a comic, the Cosmos background is as grand as you can get.

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