Maybe Star Wars is to blame, after all, Luke had to save his daddy, Darth, despite the havoc Darth caused from the destruction of the Jedi Knights to the death of Luke's friends during the first DeathStar battle. Evil is evil, and while Luke "felt" the element of goodness still in there, what it did was show to all that there is no goodness and evil, just a snapshot that can be interpreted either way. And that creates confusion. Do I hate Darth? Do I like Darth? Should I consider Darth a special case, sort of like giving mass murderers clemency because after all, it was not their fault that they had a rough childhood. Do you see the dilemma?
We take these truths to be self-evident, or so it says in some antique American document that has lost reason and truth to legality and confusion. And if you confuse people enough they just give up. It really is a strong pull to just give up. There are days I want to just hide my head in the sand and not think about it anymore.
And so I believe that an instruction manual would be of immense help. Give me the ground rules so that I may decipher the path I must follow, not even for happiness as much as for sanity's sake.
As I watch the political (including educational) landscape peppered with half truths, agenda items, strings attached financing, score outcome assessments, and promises that never ever can be attained, not because of the lie of the person doing the promising, but for the utter chaos of the process that makes it impossible to achieve anything progressive (rather than regressive), I once again want to stick my head in the sand. Maybe that is why people go around singing ABBA songs - mindless and happy melodies that mean nothing but stop you thinking about anything else because the song won't leave your thoughts.
I guess it is my "Waterloo". Are you hearing the music yet?