Knowledge may be power, but too much knowledge can drive a person crazy. Platt uses the biblical story of the Garden of Eden to illustrate her point. In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve, the first humans, are living in a garden paradise. The only rule is to refrain from eating the fruit on a particular tree, which would give them knowledge of evil. Satan, disguised as a serpent, dupes Eve into trying the fruit and, in turn, she convinces Adam. God evicts the pair from the garden and they are forced to deal with life in a sinful world.
As Platt learns about the horrors of the world, she begs, "let me back inside the garden, I won't eat anything that's fallen from that goddamn tree." She told us: "That's one thing about the global community is that it's not just your friends' problems or your neighbors' problems or your own problems. It's like now I know what's going on in Syria and that's horrible and how do I deal with that? How do you just go about your life knowing that there's all this intense human suffering and unfairness going on? I don't have an answer for that. You can spend your life just trying to help everybody and putting as much good into the world as you can, and that's so noble and I would love to do that, but then at the same time I feel like it's so overwhelming that I just want to hide under a rock. It's trying to figure out what can I really do in this world, and maybe it is just trying to really love your kids and giving them a safe world to grow up in. If that's the best that you do in this world I don't think that's a bad thing."