Friday, January 21, 2005

Iron Maiden Can Teach Us a Lot About Life

Questions are a burden, And answers are a prison for oneself. -Iron Maiden

That's a rather simple, yet powerful metaphor. Questions are a burden because: 1) they require some work to answer and 2) you may not like the answer. Answers are a prison because a correct answer is Truth. Once Truth is discerned, you can't escape it. It is what it is: the truth.

Which brings me to an e-mail from alert reader Denbo (who also happens to be my dad), that linked me to the first news report about Francisco Serrano, the homeless man who hid out in Apple Valley High School for a couple of weeks. Denbo commented in his folksy cornpone way: "something here doesn't pass the smell test."

I thought nothing of it at the time, figuring that this was no more than a life-imitating-a-mildly amusing-old-Jon-Cryer-movie moment. Never mind it was going on in my back yard, among a large majority of this town's youth.

Questions are a burden.

Of course I was being apathetic. Others in the community started throwing money at this guy. Some offered him a job. "Oh, aren't you just the cutest little homeless guy." It never occurred to anyone in this post-9/11 world that Serrano's behavior was just a little bit odd, given that at one time he was a "19 year-old sophomore(!)...and was a very good student" who moved to Connecticut and then ran away, making his way all the way back to Minnesota. Even if this story is what it appears to be - a mediocre Jon Cryer movie - doncha think you might want to confirm that that's the case before you create a charity dirt devil?

Well, today we learn this: Serrano may be here on an expired Visa. Apparently questions are a burden, even to AP writers since the original story from the AP never even mentioned that Serrano might be a foreign national.

Answers are a prison...

That roar you hear is the sound of personal checks being torn up around the Twin Cities area. Too late. By jumping to the PC conclusion, you all have already claimed your title as "sucker".

So, not to return to burdensome questions, but:

Was Serrano really just fleeing his father, or did some other pressures cause him to "run to the hills"?

Was Serrano up to something more nefarious or was he just pining for the old days, "wasting time searching for those wasted years"?

OK. I'm sorry. I'll stop.

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