"When he was younger, Ian had assumed that as you got older things became clear. Adults had seemed so sure, so knowledgeable, not just about facts and figures but about the big questions: the difference between right and wrong; what was true and what wasn't; what life was all about. He'd assumed that you went to school because you had to learn things, starting off with the easy stuff and moving on to bigger issues, once you'd learned them that was it, the way ahead opened up and thereafter life was simple and straightforward.
What a joke. The older he got the more complicated and obscure everything became. He understood nothing anymore - nothing and nobody, including himself."