reply to post by devildogUSMC
I’m reminded of the old cliché – ‘The more you find out, the more you realise you don’t know’ – and you’re right, often the truth is
painful. Life isn’t fair and as you’re obviously aware by now, you won’t always find a Disney movie type happy ending.
The quest for truth in life is very much a personal one – and the answers you receive as to whether to continue that quest, will also be based on
personal opinion. I suppose on first inspection the answer is either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – but of course, the strange kind of people who frequent
ATS (including myself) will offer you far more than that.
‘Know thyself’ is a good start, but in reality it actually takes most of your life to achieve. The fact that you went so far as join the Marines
in your quest, indicates that like most of us, you are pretty much hooked.
You also indicate that it’s not the search itself that bothers you, but rather the kind of answers you’re discovering. Similar to you, I was in
the armed forces for twenty two years and I discovered much about myself, other people and the world around me.
After retirement, I took on a job that was in completely the opposite direction. I began to look after severely abused children with additional
behavioural disorders in full-time residential care. I learned more about people in the few years of doing that job than I ever did in the Army.
If you view your search as a ‘fight’, you will always meet resistance of some kind. It may be better to open your mind and be receptive, rather
than doggedly hunt for the answers.
At present, you will be confronted by a huge amount of conflicting and contradictory information coming from those who subscribe to whichever belief
system offers them most comfort. Many will try to convince others that this is the truth in an attempt to rationalise and reinforce their own
A discerning individual like yourself will undoubtedly have problems wading through the detritus of mass misinformation. However, from experience, if
you are receptive and you broaden your view, when the truth does appear, it tends to shine out like a beacon.
If you are a fisherman at the side of a lake and a passerby tells you there are no fish in the lake - do you give up and go home or do you continue to
enjoy your day fishing?
As with most things in life – it’s the search that is important.
Afternote: Couldn't help noticing your signature - Use boots one size larger than normal and wear light cotton sports socks under your thicker issue
pair. It's like walking on air!
[edit on 2/5/08 by Myrdyn]