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Order From Chaos (Continued)
Without the entertainment journalist, we would know nothing. This is not to say our lives would be any worse off, because they wouldn’t. But it would also mean we would not have access to yet another embodiment of hate.
Of our three hate actors, the entertainment journalist represents the only possible candidate for observer. That’s why this is the simplest of the three.
What of the object of our hateful source, the target? We have a limited number of player candidates, so let’s list them first. There is Kutcher himself, his hot tub companion, and his wife.
Is it possible we’re missing someone? Yes, the family that Kutcher is a part of. When he married, he became part of his wife’s family. He even received a special name for his new position: step-father.
Becoming a stepfather is such a common event in our culture that we tend to overlook its importance. Take a moment to look at this family through the eyes of the children. To them, their first father had left them or had never been there.
Being children, they imagine that their first father left because of something they’d done. Suddenly, in the child’s eyes, another father appears. This second father is not exactly like the first, but children are quite willing to overlook those differences.
Of course there are so many other factors complicating their lives that this simple sketch ignores them all. Fundamentally, the lives of the children now reside and partially revolve around their second father, someone in whom they can now reestablish their own identities and self-worth.
In short, the children adopt their second father as part of the family. Kutcher, his wife, and her two children are a unit. This unit, this family, is the last player in our scenario and is a candidate for being a target.
In the second scene, the family has been broken, Kutcher has left. The children now have yet another forgotten father to blame for their future failures. They must conquer yet another emotional demon in order to realize normal lives.
So we now have all our players: Kutcher, his wife, his family, and his hot tub hussy.
So how can any of these players be harmed?
We have already seen how the family can be split apart, which is a very tangible form of harm. The wife can be harmed because she realizes Kutcher prefers the company of other women. Perhaps the woman in the hot tub with Kutcher is also being harmed because she may not have wanted to spend time with him after all. It may have been against her will. Maybe she had been coerced or drugged.
Finally, our least likely suspect for harm is Kutcher himself. Perhaps he was lured into the tub by that woman, or even someone else for precisely the effect it would have on his family. Maybe someone wanted to harm him using the woman in the tub. Or perhaps it could have been as innocuous as a friend playing a practical joke on him. There is also the possibility that someone else behind the scene is responsible.
To be continued …