Calvin & Hobbes, 06/27/89, by Bill Watterson
Unfortunately it seems that it’s hard for us to find contentment inside ourselves so we always seek for something extra, be it a partner, things, religion, philosophy… Only to be disillusioned when we find out that it all has to start inside ourselves before anything else works. This is an archetype, we’ve been doing it since we were created as a species and we’ll keep doing it forever. Everyone has to go through the same process… Devil Mood
Devil Mood’s right. We don’t need to be unnecessarily confused about ourselves in this respect, we just need to know a little psychology. Psychology is the Human Operation Manual (HOM) that whatever created us failed to supply. Can you imagine with every baby born, just like the bags of guts with the turkeys, would be a sealed bag with an instruction manual? That’d be awesome I’m thinking…
But then I’m sure there’d be those times when a kid would be born without a manual, like the rare times we bring a newly purchased gadget home only to find that the manual’s missing…not that we ever want to actually use the manual. We all know the manual is the last thing you turn to. You have to be desperate, at your wits end. But I’d guess that most people still like to know the manual is there to be deciphered if checking the internet, calling friends in the know, and random button-pushing and manhandling fails…
Never mind. I figured it out. That’s why whatever created us didn’t include a sealed bag with a HOM in it when we were born, because our parents wouldn’t have read it anyway. Because what they couldn’t have figured out themselves, they would have looked up on the internet, or called their friends about. Because, as humans we don’t want to read manuals so we don’t. Whatever created us didn’t bother supplying HOMs because we were each built off a basic non-manual reading format.
For those individuals with the manual-reading service pack installed—those rare ones who get a thrill out of reading manuals, those who like just knowing there’s a manual there, or those staunch rule-followers who were conditioned early on by their parents, who were in turn taught by their parents who were just winging it, to always follow the rules—for those types, the HOM has had to be written by the Freuds and the Jungs and the Spocks of the world.
The rest of us, probably the majority, who don’t want anything to do with manuals, will probably not want anything to do with getting weighed down by psychological mumbo-jumbo either. I know I don’t. So there you have it. Back to square one. The circle of futility has been completed on this topic…although as Devil Mood implied, we’ll keep asking the same questions over and over anyway.
Any profound thoughts before we hit the home stretch?