In high school, my father warned me not to believe anything I heard through the grapevine until it was confirmed by people who were directly involved. Can rumors and gossip maintain social order for a country of 350,000,000+ people? I don’t think so.
We think we’re creating a beautiful garden, realizing our personal sense of rightness: how things should be. Then the life-giving rain comes and we realize how not in control we really are.