I notice that I’m confused about several things. Some of these are reasonable, some perhaps not.
I’m on the board of an organization that is putting on an event next month, for example. I just discovered that I may be confused about the intent of the event. The rest of the board did not understand my confusion and probably feels like, in trying to understand it, I ridiculed it. Which was never my intent. On the other hand, if I’m confused I bet there are even dimmer bulbs out there even more confused. Assuming that the world contains a few bulbs of even lower wattage. That can’t bode well for participation.
Also got confused by my pickup truck, which only recently became old enough to vote. When I drive it, then let it rest for an hour, it won’t start again. By brilliant deduction, I moved from believing it was a bit of ice in a gas line to believing it was sticky centrifugal weights in the distributor. Finally took it to a mechanic who was absolutely sure it have leaking fuel injectors. The cost of replacing them exceeded the value of the truck, but for a mere $150 he could clean the old injectors. I let him, but an hour later it would not start. I wish I felt a bit more confused about that experience. I have been reading up on how one replaces fuel injectors. It doesn’t look that hard. Nothing like a new opportunity to learn something new.
I’m a bit confused by the software program InDesign, which I’m using to convert some of my books into e-books. Spent all day today working on one of them, got it done, got it converted and everything worked except the table of contents. For a moment I felt proud; now I’ve got to learn that part of the program again.
I’m also a little confused by the reactions to the Wisconsin public workers. On the one hand, geez, they sure earn more than most of my friends. They ought to pay some fraction of their health care costs. On the other hand, they already gave in to the governor’s demands on those matters so I don’t see why he didn’t just declare victory and move on. But no. Public employees should not have the right to band together for collective bargaining. The philosophical problem seems to be that they use tax money to lobby for wages and benefits. We, the taxpayers, pay them so it isn’t right for them to use that money to increase their income.
What confuses me is this: isn’t that exactly what big corporations do? Boeing gets a multi billion dollar contract from the government to build airplanes, then uses some of that money to lobby Congress and pay for political ads on TV. The Supreme Court held that they had the right to do that; free speech doesn’t care where your income comes from, or even if you’re a human. So why is Boeing’s right to lobby and advertise protected by the Constitution, but a Wisconsin teacher doesn’t have the same right?
Even more confusing is why some of my friends automatically believe that Boeing, which is a union of stockholders, has the right to influence the government and increase its share at the public trough, but teachers don’t. And others have just as strong a reverse attitude– it’s fine for teachers but wrong for Boeing.
I remain confused.