As a kid you think your parents know everything. As a teenager, they know nothing. As an adult you finally realize they were just normal people with no special powers or knowledge, trying to do the best they could.
I see this three-step pattern repeated in all the many ways people grope towards enlightenment. Replace parents with any externality.
Thinking about this because I'm trying to struggle through the gloom to reach some kind of hope, not naive childish hope but tempered adult hope
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