Alice & the Mad Hatter.
Alice: Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.
Mad Hatter: We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself?
Alice: Well, grown ups tell us to find out what we did wrong, and never do it again.
Mad Hatter: That`s odd! It seems to me that in order to find out about something, you have to study it. And when you study it, you should become better at it. Why would you want to become better at something and then never do it again? But please continue.
Alice: Nobody ever tells us to study the right things to do. We`re only supposed to learn from the wrong things. But we are permitted to study the right things other people do. And sometimes we`re even told to copy them.
Mad Hatter: That`s cheating!
Alice: You`re right, Mr Hatter. I do live in a topsy turvy – world. It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn what not to do. And then, by doing what I`m not supposed to do, perhaps I`ll be right. But I`d rather be right the first time, wouldn`t you?
Lessons in life from a supposed childrens book. But, of course, Alice in Wonderland is for `children` of all ages, simply because it speaks to every one of us about the lives we lead; it`s stupidity, bigotry, moral & ethical disconnection, & the sheer insanity of the daily grind called existence. The world is a topsy-turvy place, where the compass is consistently shifting, leaving us straggling along behind it, desperately trying to keep to a straight path, but taking unwanted detours towards a final destination which telescopes further & further away from our grasp. The world of Wonderland in which Alice finds herself, is not much at variance from the `real` world she comes from. Just a little nip & tuck here & there, perhaps, in many ways, far saner, because it questions why Alice & her kind keep to the strict rules of engagement of lives that appear so bizarrely `normal`, & yet cause so much stress & discomfort in order to obey these rules. Wonderland, on the other hand, has it`s own rules; they are made up as you go along. Simple as that. I`m not advocating social chaos, but who really are the insane ones, the asylum inmates, or the guards. It`s all a matter of viewpoint. Just because you are told that a particular colour is called `red`, doesn`t mean it is; it could be anything you wish it to be. Perhaps we all need a little bit of Wonderland in our lives to give us better perspective on the world we live in…….