I covered a lot of dots here, looking of the Eureka! Idea that advances. understanding, the loaf of break that uses all the dough. We are all Sherlocks looking for the Idea that includes all the evidence. This Eureka! Idea is the One without a Second. The Eureka! Idea is inclusive, and it is creative because it transcends all the idea that are exclusive, that don’t include all the ingredients given. There can be no left-overs in the Eureka! Idea. No one is left behind.
The Eureka! Idea is creative because it does not come from the known. It is not a rearrangement of the known, a shuffling of the known cards. The Eureka! is the Joker in the deck. The idea seems to come from nowhere, from the outside—we may say from the Grace of God. It comes from the unknown that is beyond the boundaries of what we already know. Whether you use God or not makes no difference in the process. God just makes the unknown known…and creates a side-effect with its own set of problems. But I digress.
We failed in Vietnam because our IDEA was not inclusive. It did not includes the Vietnamese people. Blinded by our IDEA of winning, of Being Number One, we excluded the obvious facts happening on the ground. Blinded by the Cosmos Myth of the Cold War, where communism was Evil, we could not compromise in Vietnam, which was a proxy war for the Cold War, a minor eruption we could handle, where we had to win. When the End is winning, any means to that end become virtuous. Who did that work out?
When your IDEA leaves something out that is part of the whole, that left over will be your defeat. This is like when we repress a part of our nature for the sake of an IDEA of who we should be, that repressed and ignored part of ourselves will come out, one way or another, and usually in a destructive way, like when the good preacher gets caught in a public bathroom letting his repression out.
The Eureka! Idea suddenly bursts upon us and we know what to do unambiguously. When we leave some evidence out, through ignorance or through intention (winning at all costs), we create a wound that won’t heal without the Eureka! Idea. The wound is ambiguity. The wound is a division in our self, in our psyche, in our nature and mind. No matter what we do to heal the wound doesn’t work because we are working from within the split mind. The Eureka! Idea comes from outside the split mind. We may call this a savior Idea.
The two thieves on the crosses at Mt. Golgatha is the ambiguity of the wound of the split mind. Each thieve want to be the One without a second, but they are mutually dependent, so neither one can be the One without included it mirrored half. The Eureka! Idea is the Son of Man…who turns the other cheek and unites the division.
There was no Eureka! Idea in Vietnam because America was blinded by its need to be the One without a Second. Many blame the results of the War on a failure of nerve, a failure in the resolve to win at all costs. There is no winning when you are fighting blind, when you can’t see what really going on, when you can’t see the evidence that is excluded from your belief in what’s going on…that you are winning.
So now in the rear view mirror of Ken Burns, we can see the Eureka! Idea we should have had during or at the beginning of our slippery slide into Vietnam and the splicing of our nation, the wound that is still bleeding.